Date: Sun, 20 Nov 1994 02:00:00 LCL From: "M. Lynne Murphy" <104LYN[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]MUSE.ARTS.WITS.AC.ZA> Subject: afterthought on braids when people say "braids" they usually mean braided pigtails (a la pippi longstocking?) because that's the prototypical way (in u.s. culture, at least) of wearing braids (plural). but i could say "bo derek had her hair in braids" or "...wore braids" meaning cornrows as well, if the context allowed it. i do think, though that "braids" have to hang. so, if you had someone with a cornrowed style that stayed close to the scalp, i'd say that their hair is "braided" not that it's in "braids". (however, "braided" can be used for hanging braids as well.) i would not be at all surprised to learn that in addition to (or instead of) regional differences, one would find gender differences in the interpretation of these words. i know i've had arguments w/ men from the same region about their use of hairstyle names that i didn't believe were accurate descriptions. (things like: him: if you're hot, put your hair in pigtails. me: pigtails are for kids. him: you always wear a pigtail. me: that's a ponytail, there's a difference.) lynne ____________________________________________________________________ M. Lynne Murphy e-mail: 104lyn[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] Lecturer, Dept. of Linguistics phone: 27(11)716-2340 University of the Witwatersrand fax: 27(11)716-8030 Johannesburg 2050 South Africa