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March 14, 2014 - Karin Elton
I was “talking” (e-mailing) hair with my sister and I said “maybe next haircut I’ll get more of a bang or a fringe, as the Brits would say.”

That made me think of the words “bang” or “bangs” and “fringe.” Fringe is a much better word than bang. We call the dangly things on a scarf or bedspread a fringe, but what is a bang? Why is the hair across your forehead a bang, which usually means a loud noise?

An Internet search reveals the word has the same “roots” (a hair pun!) as the loud noise meaning, says Bang connotes suddenness and hair that is cut off abruptly and straight across the forehead is cut “bang-off.” It’s also related to the practice of cutting a horse’s tale straight across or in a bang-tail.

Well I think did a bang-up job of explaining the etymology of the word bang.


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