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Wild hair

Posted by ESC on December 11, 2005

In Reply to: Wild hair posted by Karli on December 11, 2005

: I'm seeking a more precise definition than the vague one in my head of a "wild hair"--as in a crazy idea or whim, I think. And where this phrase originated would also be great to hear!

The entire expression as I have heard it (W.Va., Ky.) is to "get a wild hair up your a**" or "get a hair across your a**). Guessing at the origin, sometimes people with curly hair will have one grow inward. That, I imagine, would be quite irritating and especially so if it was on or near one's a**. And that irritation would often translate into wild behavior.