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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 word-detective.com. 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 word-detective.com did a bang-up job of explaining the etymology of the word bang.
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