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#1 2007-09-13 16:58:02

kchildress1
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New variation on hair/harebrained?

Today a coworker admitted to a “hairballed idea” in an IM. A coworker said, “You mean a hairbrained idea?” “No,” said the first coworker, “I mean a hairballed idea. Hairbrained doesn’t even make sense.” Several other coworkers chimed in to say that “hairballed” was the correct version. When I mentioned “harebrained,” they thought I was crazy.

Anyone else encountered this one?

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#2 2007-09-14 10:22:38

kchildress1
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Re: New variation on hair/harebrained?

I found 115 Google hits for “hairball scheme,” 154 for “hairball idea” (although not all in the same sense as “hairbrained idea”), and 54 for “hairball theory.”

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#3 2007-09-16 06:42:19

Chris Waigl
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Re: New variation on hair/harebrained?

This seems to be a pretty sporadic one, though amusing. How many people in your office have cats?

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#4 2007-09-21 06:07:23

AdamVero
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Re: New variation on hair/harebrained?

While on the subject, is “hairbrained” a fully fledged eggcorn, replacing as it does the original harebrained, meaning barmy or mad as in March hares?

Maybe if your hair grew inwards it would affect the workings of your brain? Is this the image people have?


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#5 2015-11-05 14:37:37

DavidTuggy
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Re: New variation on hair/harebrained?

Likely some degree of blending of hair/hare-brained with oddball is involved (along with everything else.)
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I keep hoping for a hairbald notion/idea to show up, but haven’t found it yet.


*If the human mind were simple enough for us to understand,
we would be too simple-minded to understand it* .

(Possible Corollary: it is, and we are .)

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#6 2015-11-05 17:45:29

David Bird
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Re: New variation on hair/harebrained?

DavidTuggy wrote:

I keep hoping for a hairbald notion/idea to show up, but haven’t found it yet.

Nice idea. Double yolker. It’s out there under hair bald.

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The Air Guitar went smoothly, and special mentions should be given to Chris Kelley for his hair-bald idea.

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We haven’t slept together in that hair-bald scheme of being encore virgins in the last six weeks and you’re too tired tonight?

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#7 2015-11-05 21:22:25

DavidTuggy
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Re: New variation on hair/harebrained?

Thanks!
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You are so good finding things, Tocayo. My hat’s off (showing the hairbald spot, no doubt).
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As a double-yolker, what does bald contribute, other than collocating (as an opposite) with hair ? Is the idea somehow that rational ideas have hair on them, but hairbald ones do not?


*If the human mind were simple enough for us to understand,
we would be too simple-minded to understand it* .

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#8 2015-11-06 17:52:15

David Bird
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Re: New variation on hair/harebrained?

DavidTuggy wrote:


As a double-yolker, what does bald contribute, other than collocating (as an opposite) with hair ?

I misthunk that. I was focused on hairball/hairballed/hareballed as the acorn and so hairbald looked twin yolked, when really the yolks are indeterminate, being blenderized in some multidimensional way.

Is the idea somehow that rational ideas have hair on them, but hairbald ones do not?

Haha, exactly. As my sister always said, “Hey, what’s the big hairy idea?”

BTW: hareballed is out there as a nonce.

where else but a fanfic Drakken’s plan is rather amusing, maybe a little too hareballed for him, though.

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#9 2015-11-06 22:54:00

DavidTuggy
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Re: New variation on hair/harebrained?

Hareballed certainly sends my thoughts down a different rabbit trail. Testosterone makes guys do pretty silly things at times, jumping around and behaving like rabbits in other ways …


*If the human mind were simple enough for us to understand,
we would be too simple-minded to understand it* .

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