Results 1 to 8 of 8

Thread: hairdo don't

  1. #1
    maiabulela is offline Senior Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Other
      • Native Language:
      • Arabic
      • Home Country:
      • Egypt
      • Current Location:
      • Egypt
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Posts
    1,050
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default hairdo don't

    Dear all,

    In a show, there is a part about pulling hairs. comic shows. Each shot has a title. What can "Hairdo-don't" mean?

    It seemed like a famous expression when I googled it.

    Not important to be literal, but just give me some possib;e suggestion.

    Thanks.

  2. #2
    maiabulela is offline Senior Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Other
      • Native Language:
      • Arabic
      • Home Country:
      • Egypt
      • Current Location:
      • Egypt
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Posts
    1,050
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: hairdo don't

    Can it mean "Don't mess my hairdo"??

    Thanks.

  3. #3
    e2e4 is offline Senior Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Interested in Language
      • Native Language:
      • Serbo-Croatian
      • Home Country:
      • Bosnia Herzegovina
      • Current Location:
      • Bosnia Herzegovina
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Posts
    844
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: hairdo don't

    I'd like you tell us the complete sentence.

  4. #4
    maiabulela is offline Senior Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Other
      • Native Language:
      • Arabic
      • Home Country:
      • Egypt
      • Current Location:
      • Egypt
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Posts
    1,050
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: hairdo don't

    Quote Originally Posted by e2e4 View Post
    I'd like you tell us the complete sentence.
    That is the problem. It's just a title for a part where a sister pulls the hair of her brother to play with his toy.

    Thanks.

  5. #5
    e2e4 is offline Senior Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Interested in Language
      • Native Language:
      • Serbo-Croatian
      • Home Country:
      • Bosnia Herzegovina
      • Current Location:
      • Bosnia Herzegovina
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Posts
    844
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: hairdo don't

    Quote Originally Posted by maiabulela View Post
    That is the problem. It's just a title for a part where a sister pulls the hair of her brother to play with his toy.

    Thanks.
    Did she say,'Hairdo', and he said,'don't!' ;maybe?

  6. #6
    Barb_D's Avatar
    Barb_D is offline Moderator
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Other
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Posts
    17,387
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: hairdo don't

    Fashion magazines have things you should do to look fashionable (the "do"s) and things you should not do if you want to look fashionable (the "don't"s). [It's another topic how to punctuate do's/do or don't's/don'ts.]

    A hairdo don't means don't do this to look fashionable. Given the context, it's meant to be a joke.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

  7. #7
    maiabulela is offline Senior Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Other
      • Native Language:
      • Arabic
      • Home Country:
      • Egypt
      • Current Location:
      • Egypt
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Posts
    1,050
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: hairdo don't

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Fashion magazines have things you should do to look fashionable (the "do"s) and things you should not do if you want to look fashionable (the "don't"s). [It's another topic how to punctuate do's/do or don't's/don'ts.]

    A hairdo don't means don't do this to look fashionable. Given the context, it's meant to be a joke.
    Well I undesrtand it's a joke. But i'm supposed to translate that joke. Since it's not very translationable. I should get somthing similar to the eaning. What do you think of my suggestion above?? Thanks.

  8. #8
    Barb_D's Avatar
    Barb_D is offline Moderator
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Other
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Posts
    17,387
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: hairdo don't

    A better translation would be "This won't be a good look for you -- or anyone!"

    Your "don't mess with my hairdo" is not a good translation for hairdo don't.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •