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    Are the two expressions "bad hair day" and "bad day for science" interchangeable ?

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    I don't think you really mean "interchangeable" there. If my hair looks a mess, I would say "I am having a bad hair day". Why on earth would I say "It's a bad day for science" if my hair were messy?
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    Re: bad day

    I agree with emsr2d2 they are not interchangeable.

    But possibly in colloquial usage one might creatively say "It's a bad hair day for science". If you've seen a construction like that it would mean that "It's a bad day for science". In this manner "bad hair day" is just another way of saying it's a bad day for whatever is being discussed. I think it originates from the idea that you might try to style your hair in the morning, and it goes wrong, and then for whatever reason things that day don't improve from the bad start.

    Could you provide us with the sentence where you found it used?

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    Re: bad day

    In AmE 'bad hair day' can have the literal meaning, but is also used as another way of stating that nothing's going according to plan, or that the day started off poorly, that things went sour later on, having a bad day, etc.

    I'm not familiar with 'bad day for science' outside of the literal meaning, although I did find one Google hit defining it as synonymous with 'having a bad day'.

    So, in a limited sense, yes, I guess the two phrases can be used interchangeably, although as I said, the science one is new to me.

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    Re: bad day

    Yes, my question is related to metaphorical meaning of "bad hair day". In the same way the meaning of "bad day for science" where I read it is symbolic to failure/disappointment.

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