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Word of the Week: Jede Woche ein neues Rätsel über Bedeutung, Verwendung und Herkunft eines englischen Worts.
‘Word of the Week’ features new entries taken from the 7th Edition of the Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary. The 7th Edition includes 2000 new words not previously dealt with in the OALD, and one of them will be chosen and highlighted in each new ‘Word of the Week’ from now until further notice.
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You are walking down Broadway in Manhattan with your American friend Julie on your way to a new production of the play, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Julie suddenly grabs your arm and points to two approaching men.
“Take a look at those mullets!” she says. “Those guys must be heading to the Kiss concert at Madison Square Garden.”
You’re confused. You remember eating a kind of fish called mullet during last summer’s trip to Canada, but what does fish have to do with these two men?
Puzzled, you ask Julie for clarification.
She says a mullet
a) is a type of jacket embroidered with decorative sequins and metal studs worn to attract attention.
b) is a hairstyle for men in which the hair in back is considerably longer than the hair in front and at the sides.
c) is a person devoted to a particular music group who dresses in outfits similar or identical to those worn by the members of the band.
Here is the correct answer.
Mullet is indeed a type of edible sea fish found throughout the world. The two main types are grey mullet and red mullet.
The word is also used to describe a hairstyle in which the hair is kept short at the top and sides and long at the back. This hairstyle has many other names, some quite humorous, such as, business in the front-party in the back, and Kentucky waterfall.