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What is the meaning of the term "suicide blonde"?

Question #132262. Asked by windrush.
Last updated May 17 2021.
Originally posted Aug 19 2013 10:17 PM.

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george48 star
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Apparently, it's a play on words for a woman who 'dyed', by her own hand, her hair.
INXS lyrics notwithstanding.


Response last updated by gtho4 on May 17 2021.
Aug 19 2013, 10:36 PM
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It dates back to at least World War II. It often implies the resulting hair is very white from the peroxide and looks amateurish.

Aug 22 2013, 1:48 AM
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It's a play on the fact that the dye - peroxide, usually - is highly toxic if used too much.

Aug 23 2013, 5:40 AM
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It means "dyed by her own hand."
a bottle blonde who has bleach-fried his or her hair to a very light shade with peroxide because he or she is naturally dark-haired.

Courney Love is a suicide blonde


Aug 24 2013, 5:07 AM
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The term 'suicide blonde' is used by one Mary Schneider in her poem in William Chrisman High School - Gleam Yearbook (Independence, MO) - Class of 1936. It is an amusing poem and is online.

Jun 02 2014, 7:39 PM
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Link for Mary Schneider 1936:


If students talked as poets sang
Instead of using vulgar slang'
If flowery phrases would abound
How different would the halls resound

A young man bumps into another
He says Move your carcass brother'
If he thought in poetic sense
He would say 'Take thyself hence'

The young man sees a creature fair
He talks of that swell looker there
But one of more romantic mind
She IS indeed a lovely find

If one would listen in some day
He'd surely hear the brief O K
To the poet this phrase would be
Yes madam if it pleaseth thee

And very often some one names
The skirts he knows and frails and dames.
The bard his interest never fades
In all the wenches damsels maids

The young moderns are very fond
Of hot lips and suicide blonde
And never again shall we hear
Of rose red lips and raven hair

To speech of yore I'd not go back
But modern slang my ears does rack
If a medium were only heeded
I'd feel my poem had succeeded

Mary Schneider

Jun 02 2014, 8:24 PM
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