Thank you for the query, Chris.
And last sentence brought up an interesting thing that I had not noticed before. “Bangs” is plural, but”fringe” appears to be singular. I said,”Americans phone THEM bangs,” but I said,”I have never discovered IT called fringe.” Interesting.
Last week I said my bangs, that can be known as”fringe” in British English, along with a buddy on LinkedIn who is based in the united kingdom, Chris Croft, asked why Americans call them . And I must admit…fringe makes more sense.
Based on Etymonline, the term”fringe” extends all of the way back into the ancient 14th century and also meant exactly the exact same thing because it means now. Fringe is that cosmetic border material made from threads. Plus it seems much like the hair on my brow.
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About 1832, Americans began talking to horse tails cut directly around to seem sort of like tassles as”bang-tails.”
It might come in the notion of a bang like a sudden sound, sort of like the hairstyle is somewhat surprising, or it might come in the notion of the rapid cut which takes the horses off tail, which bangs off it.
Believe it or not, the American phrase”bangs” stems in the way individuals cut horses tails.
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A couple of decades later, around 1878, we began using the phrase”bangs” to explain human hair which has been cut straight across the forehead.
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That is exactly what I discovered. I can’t tell you why Americans call them instead of fringe, but that is the growth of the term, and I could tell you I never in my entire life heard it known as”fringe,” as an American, before I had been interested in speech.
The Oxford English Dictionary does have some illustrations in your 1800s where they are called”fringes,” and from the U.S. we could state something such as”My, that is a significant bang,” so I figure that they can be singular and plural, however we only commonly often use the words otherwise. That is English for you!
They are called”fringe” from the U.K. and”bangs” from the U.S.