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    Question Pigtails if not braided?

    Hello :)

    1. What do you call these:

    http://www.agcltd.org/Image/pigtails.jpg

    They are not pigtails, right? because they are not braided.
    What do you call them then? double-sided ponytail? :P

    2. Is pigtail = plait = braid?
    or is there a difference?
    are they the same if the hair is divided into two parts and braided, or if they whole hair is pulled to the back and braided?


    In other words, is this:
    http://s3.amazonaws.com/pixmac-previ...h-plaits-3.jpg

    called the same as this:
    http://secondhandshopper.files.wordp...pg?w=480&h=621


    Thanks
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    Re: Pigtails if not braided?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ducklet Cat View Post
    Hello :)

    1. What do you call these:

    http://www.agcltd.org/Image/pigtails.jpg

    They are not pigtails, right? because they are not braided.
    What do you call them then? double-sided ponytail? :P

    2. Is pigtail = plait = braid?
    or is there a difference?
    are they the same if the hair is divided into two parts and braided, or if they whole hair is pulled to the back and braided?


    In other words, is this:
    http://s3.amazonaws.com/pixmac-previ...h-plaits-3.jpg

    called the same as this:
    http://secondhandshopper.files.wordp...pg?w=480&h=621


    Thanks

    To me - a 52 year old American - native to this country...

    To me - if it's braided and hangs freely, then it's a pigtail.
    If it is NOT braided and hangs freely, then it's a ponytail.

    So, to me, the first picture is of a girl with two ponytails.
    The other two pictures are of pigtails - the first one has two pigtails, the other one only has a single pigtail.

    I know - the definition of a ponytail is that it's pulled back and hangs loose from the back of the head. But the 'hangs loose' is the important aspect of a ponytail - hangs loose like a pony's tails does.

    Pig's tails, however, have very little in the way of fur or anything - until the end, then they have a little tuft of hair - which is similar to the appearance of a braided hair - tightly woven, until the end, then a little tuft of hair after the rubber band holding the braid in place.


    I think plait and braid are essentially the same thing. However, a pigtail is a braid that hangs freely. Whereas a braid/plait that is then tied into a top-knot would still be a braid, but would no longer be a pigtail.

    Hope this helps...

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    Re: Pigtails if not braided?

    I'm not an expert, but I'd say the girl in the first picture has her hair in bunches. I've only heard 'pony tail' used of a single clump of hair.; I'm really not sure about this though.

    As to the last question, the last picture shows what I know as a single plait.

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    Re: Pigtails if not braided?

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    I'm not an expert, but I'd say the girl in the first picture has her hair in bunches. I've only heard 'pony tail' used of a single clump of hair.; I'm really not sure about this though.

    As to the last question, the last picture shows what I know as a single plait.

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    There seems to be a lot of 'evidence' on the Internet to support calling those 'bunches'. However, I asked my daughter-in-law (28 year-old native-born American with a 6-year-old daughter) and she said she'd call them ponytails - regardless how many there were. She's never heard of them called bunches.

    She did say about the third picture - she wouldn't call a pigtail, but would call that 'a braid'. To her, pigtails are only pigtails if there are more than one of them.

    Please note - I'm not saying it's wrong to call them bunches. Just that doing so is not common usage in the US.

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    Re: Pigtails if not braided?

    Thanks everyone.

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