Monday, October 3, 2011

Pouf

Definition: (from dictionary.com)
-noun
1. a high headdress with the hair rolled in puffs, worn by women in the late 18th century
2. an arrangement of the hair over a pad; puff
3. a puff of material as an ornament on a dress or headdress

Examples:
"I think Snooki wears her hair in a pouf so she looks taller."
"The word 'pouf' was originally in reference to over-stuffed cushions, but I think today it corresponds better to the offer-stuffed egos of the people who wear their hair that way."

Origin: (from etymonline.com)
"'styles of elaborate female head-dress,' 1817 (in ref. to styles of c.1780), from French bouffer 'to blow out, puff,' probably of imitative origin. As a fashion in dress-making, recorded from 1869; in reference to over-stuffed cushions, 1884. As a verb by 1882 (implied in pouffed)."

Awkwardness rating: 4

The signature Snooki pouf. (haironthebrain.com)

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