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Aaron E. Drews
aaron at LING.ED.AC.UK
Thu Jun 1 10:06:23 UTC 2000
on 1/6/00 10:49 AM, Lynne Murphy wrote:
> Bruce asks:
>> And to drag this back to topic...however did ginger come to refer to
>> red/orange hair in the UK? I could understand blonde, but red?
> It's more usually used for what we'd call strawberry blonde--so it's reddish
> blonde. You also hear it a lot of cats--a ginger cat--which are not red but
> might have a warm tinge to their blond fur. People with really red hair are
> more likely to be called 'red-headed'--Ginger Spice excluded (but then she
> did have those blonde streaks).
Okay. So maybe it's an English-Scottish thing. Maybe it's the different
interpretations from a male perspective and a female perspective. Neither
of us being British helps.
Aaron E. Drews The University of Edinburgh
http://www.ling.ed.ac.uk/~aaron Departments of English Language and
aaron at ling.ed.ac.uk Theoretical & Applied Linguistics
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