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Chris -- 2011-03-08
I’n not too sure about the semantics of this one so I’ll slip it in here. All-burn hair might be making reference to its faded red colour, as in it used to be flaming red, but now it’s just all-burn.
(Beer blonde? Beef blood?)
The etymology of auburn is interesting in itself. The word originally referred to L. alburnus, “off-white”, as in albus, “white”. It fell under the influence of M.E. brun, “brown”, to end up referring to reddish-brown.
Edit: That etymological eggcornical quirk is still operating.
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