What Is 'A Blonde Moment' Called in Countries Where People Don't Have Blond(e) Hair?
April 14, 2018 2:19pm CST
For the members from countries where the prevailing hair colour is dark brown and/or black: The Cambridge Dictionary defines 'have a blonde moment' as "to forget something or do something silly, in a way that is sometimes thought to be typical of women with blonde hair." We should avoid such expressions, shouldn't we? After all, this is an outrageously sexist remark. Yet, I, a blonde woman (formerly genuine, now helped along by a hairdresser and chemical liquids) am of the opinion that some political incorrectness is ok and can spice up life. Thank God I don't live in a country (I won't name it) where people can lose their jobs because of a harmless remark someone finds intrusive. Today I went to the supermarket with my trolley (it's not far from our house). I intended to buy quite a lot and had decided right from the beginning to take a taxi back home. I do that occasionally not only to avoid pulling the trolley but also because the taxidrivers carry my goods up two flights of stairs. They get a nice tip for that and everybody is happy. When I had unpacked four big bags of goods and stowed them away, I could have called the mission 'accomplished'. Yet, I had the vague feeling that something was not as it should be. After some scalp scratching it dawned on me: my trolley was nowhere to be seen! By chance I still had the list of goods I wanted to buy in my pocket. All things on this list were with me and stowed away. Hmm. I called the taxi driver and asked him if he could check if my trolley was still in the boot of his car. He told me at once that he knew it wasn't. Hmm again. I called the information of the supermarket and asked if they could check the area of the rear exit where I had waited for the taxi if there was a lonely trolley. A friendly woman described my trolley and said that it was standing in front of her. I had forgotten my mobile phone and asked a shop-assistant at the lottery and tobacco stand if she could call a taxi for me. Then I went to the exit without my trolley. Why? Search me! Someone found it and took it to the information. On Monday I'll go there and fetch it. Will I be embarrassed? No way! I know enough dark-haired people who have moments which are blonder than blonde. I think I'll have a laugh with whoever will hand me my trolley. ----- Photo. pixabay
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@hereandthere No, that's not possible. It isn't a metal trolley of the kind used in supermarkets. It looks a bit like this:
Karabar Halden Insulated Shopping Trolley, Red: Amazon.co.uk: Luggage
• Bucharest, Romania
I also had a blonde moment on Friday. I was asked to carry something to another location and I left without the thing that I had to carry to that location but I remembered that I forgot only after I already arrived at the location where I needed to get to. I had to go back to where I left to pick up the stuff that I needed to transport it there and go back again to the location with it. So, instead of 40 km in total I had traveled 80 km due to the fact that I had to go back. I wasted a few fuel of the company's car.
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• United Kingdom
My son in law is blonde he put a birthday cake on the roof of the car whilst he strapped the children in the car forgot about it and drove off. The cake splattered on the ground! The funniest saying I heard was in America when someone said they had had a "brain fart". Glad you will soon be reunited with your trolley. You could tell them you were momentarily "off your trolley" another saying!
• Corsham, England
It's true that having blonde hair is associated with being a bimbo (I have blondish hair ). At my stage of life I would say I was having a "senior moment", in fact when I am forgetful my children often tell each other "mum is having a senior moment"
• Corsham, England
@MALUSE Yes I suppose it is. I think it stemmed from the idea that blonde hair was associated with beauty and if you were beautiful you had no brain, Completely illogical of course. People with all hair colours can be beautiful and intelligent,
• United States
I was born blonde myself. And, I am still blonde thanks to coloring my hair to match the blonde I had as a child. It is nice to know that blondes, brunettes, redheads, and those with black hair have moments in which they do something that has them scratching their heads.