possible eggcorn: bowl/bowler

Lynne Murphy m.l.murphy at SUSSEX.AC.UK
Mon May 28 19:52:37 UTC 2007

Heard in a shop in Brighton (UK) this weekend:  'He had a bowler haircut'.
I assumed that she meant 'bowl haircut' (i.e. looks like you put a bowl on
the head and cut anything that hangs below), but was thinking that it
resembles a bowler hat.

There are 22 hits for 'bowler haircut' via Google, including this one that
makes the link between bowls rather than hats:

'Because she has a severe bowler haircut (think putting a basin on your
head and cuttng around the edges).' <http://jackcreighton.tripod.com/>

Most, if not all, of the 'bowler' hits are clearly from UK speakers (even
if they're not .uk addresses).


Dr M Lynne Murphy
Senior Lecturer and Head of Department
Linguistics and English Language
Arts B135
University of Sussex
Brighton BN1 9QN

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