Bad Hair Day

Posted by ESC on January 19, 2002 at

In Reply to: Bad Hair Day posted by Marian on January 18, 2002

: : The term 'bad hair day' did in fact originate in the UK in 1991 uttered from the lips of Dr Alexandra Bartys, a much inspired and creative soul at the age of 17 years. Her utterances of having a bad hair day were recorded at school having woken up late and burnt the toast and then realised she could do nothing with her hair.

: Oh, come on now. I now I heard this in the early 70s, if not before.

BAD HAIR DAY -- n. a day on which one's hair is particularly unmanageable; hence, a day on which everything seems to go wrong. Colloquial, originally US. 1994 Post (Denver): Soon you will notice how much less complaining you do, even on bad hair days. From "20th Century Words: The Story of New Words in English Over the Last 100 Years" by John Ayto (Oxford University Press, New York, 1999).