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Terms for redheads

New to me today, three Australian terms for redheads: Ranga, Bloodnut, Blue (or Bluey).

Which of the following terms for a redhead were you already familiar with?

Ranga
4(6.5%)
Bloodnut
1(1.6%)
Blue (or Bluey)
12(19.4%)
None of these
45(72.6%)

Which of these have you used?

Ranga
1(1.7%)
Bloodnut
0(0.0%)
Blue (or Bluey)
2(3.4%)
None of them
55(94.8%)

Which of these are (or could be taken as) offensive?

Ranga
8(11.6%)
Bloodnut
8(11.6%)
Blue (or Bluey)
3(4.3%)
Don't know
50(72.5%)

Comments

gillpolack
Nov. 8th, 2013 11:14 am (UTC)
Blue was a joke - someone has red hair, so call them 'Blue.' It's not adjectival - it's a straight nickname. Dates to the 19th century AFAIK, for I've seen it in late C19 Aussie lit.

Ranga is short for orangutang in folk etymology so when someone uses it about someone else, it tends to be as an insult. Not always, but it definitely was only used nastily for a fair while.