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towhead, n. -hed, -hĕd> -First appearing in 1830, towhead is a colloquial surname for a person - specifically a son - through light blond hair. This is derived from the procedure of tow-spinning in which farmer separated the long, thin fibers the were usable in flax from the coarser, lighter fiber that were no as useful. Tow is a noun meaning "coarse, damaged fibers that hemp, flax, etc..." and has been in use through this spelling since Middle English, probably prior to 1387. That likely originates from Old English tow "spinning" and may it is in cognate v Old Norse to "unworked fiber, tuft the wool for spinning" and Gothic taui "work, doing."
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i have actually never heard that that! and i"m fairly surprised the their hair is so negative that a different reduced won"t solve it. But looking at the picture, i think i"m beginning to check out why...
Wow. Who new? Thanks.My sister and also I were towheaded and also heard around it a lot. I lastly know wtf civilization were talk about.
lol! aww, i wish they"d simply come out and also talked to you guys around it. So do you typical that you"re no towheaded anymore? exactly how did you do that?
I think estrogen dishwaters out blonde haired girlchildren. My boyfriend has actually really light blonde hair still and also his fraternal twin sister"s hair has been dirty blonde for years. The same taken place to my fairy story blonde hair. I"m not certain if my theory is true though.


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Heard this speak by mine mother around my nephew and also then one of my sons. I remembered this and told a Hispanic friend that and also they had actually never heard that saying about a small blonde kid. So i googled simply to be sure due to the fact that my mommy is no longer with me. Love Google for the memory being right. Miss out on my mom