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    gray hair vs white hair

    I wonder why they say "gray hair" instead of "white hair" when such hair's color is actually "white" not "gray".
    In Korean, we say "white hair", but I'd like to know if "gray hair" is just an idiom without any reason or it just has the "gray" color nuance.

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    #2

    Re: gray hair vs white hair

    This is white hair, and this is grey (BE spelling) hair.

    Rover

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    #3

    Re: gray hair vs white hair

    So do they usually get gray hair as they age?

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    #4

    Re: gray hair vs white hair

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    So do they usually get gray hair as they age?
    Some people start going grey at a very early age. My first grey hairs appeared when I was in my twenties. Others go grey a lot later. I have a 64-year-old cousin who has not a single grey hair. Pure white hair is not all that common, though, as people are now living longer than they used to, it may become more common.

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    #5

    Re: gray hair vs white hair

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    So do they usually get gray hair as they age?
    Some go bald instead.

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    #6

    Re: gray hair vs white hair

    Also, the older the person is, the more likely their hair is going to be described as white.

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    Re: gray hair vs white hair

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Also, the older the person is, the more likely their hair is going to be described as white.
    I wish you hadn't said that.

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    #8

    Re: gray hair vs white hair

    ....And there are stories about people's hair going 'white with fright' (usually after a night spent in a supposedly haunted house) - I think the rhyme is probably more important than the precise colour.

    An incidental bit of vocab: a 'grey-hair' is an old man.

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    Re: gray hair vs white hair

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    ....And there are stories about people's hair going 'white with fright' (usually after a night spent in a supposedly haunted house) - I think the rhyme is probably more important than the precise colour.

    An incidental bit of vocab: a 'grey-hair' is an old man.

    b
    There is some truth in those stories. Pigmentation in hair can be linked to stress levels - I can't remember which vitamin/mineral/enzyme it is which supports the pigmentation of hair, but whichever one it is can become severely depleted by stress and can cause the hair to lose its colour. Whether it can happen overnight is a matter of some conjecture but it can happen.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: gray hair vs white hair

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    I wish you hadn't said that.
    I did, Oscar, I did.

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