Hello, my question refers to the topic. Is that an American idiom and if yes what is its meaning? Merely a day without much luck?? BTW was the spelling correct?
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Hello, my question refers to the topic. Is that an American idiom and ifyes what is its meaning? Merely a day without much luck?? BTW was the spelling correct? Thanks

bad hair day n phr early 1990s The sort of day when nothing goes right; the sort of day that is not one’s day: “They had a bad hair day, a bad CD-ROM day, who knows?” ?Los Angeles Times (fr the notion that one’s well-being depends on the neatness and order of one’s hair)

From Dictionary of American Slang, Third Edition (1995) by Robert L. Chapman

Soon you will notice how much less complaining you do, even on bad hair days. (Denver Post , Feb 8, 1994)
On a “bad hair day” when you just know that you look terrible and you think that everyone else notice it as well. ( Independent , Aug 13, 1996)

Having survived the first ugly rumours of Friday, September 11 - which really was a bad hair day for Dickie he must have thought that the worst was over. Unfortunately, he was dead wrong as the share price continued to crumble. ( Euroweek , Oct 9, 1998)
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I would've placed it earlier than "early 1990s." I owned a t-shirt with a cartoon of a messy rabbit and the slogan "bad hare day," and I like to think I stopped wearing such things long before 1990.

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bad hair day n phr early 1990s The sort of day when nothing goes right; the sort of day that is not one's day:

From Dictionary of American Slang, Third Edition (1995) by Robert L. Chapman

Really? I had no idea. The only meaning I've ever associated with "bad hair day" was 'day on which one can't get one's hair to look good'. I didn't know it had the extension to 'day when things other than one's hair don't go well' too.
-Aaron J. Dinkin
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Hello, my question refers to the topic. Is that an American idiom and if yes what is its meaning? Merely a day without much luck?? BTW was the spelling correct? Thanks


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yes bad hair day n phr early 1990s The sort ... American Slang, Third Edition (1995) by Robert L. Chapman

I would've placed it earlier than "early 1990s." I owned a t-shirt with a cartoon of a messy rabbit and the slogan "bad hare day," and I like to think I stopped wearing such things long before 1990.

OED has it back to 1988, if that makes you feel any better:

bad hair day
colloq. (orig. U.S.), a day on which one's hair is particularly unmanageable; (freq. in extended use) a day on which everything seems to go wrong; a period (not necessarily a day) in which one feels unusually agitated, dissatisfied, or self-conscious, esp. about one's appearance or performance.
1988 Press Democrat (Santa Rosa, Calif.) 24 July D1/5Even those who emerge from the sea to casually braid their shiny wet vines into a thick coil with a hibiscus on the end also have *bad-hair days. But let us not waste our pity on them... Let us mourn for the common types with skimpy hair who deserve tantrums.
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Aaron J. Dinkin filted:
Really? I had no idea. The only meaning I've ever associated with "bad hair day" was 'day on which one ... good'. I didn't know it had the extension to 'day when things other than one's hair don't go well' too.

There's a related catchphrase that apparently goes back further than I guessed: "I just washed my hair and I can't do a thing with it"...I would have guessed mid-1950s at the earliest, but apparently it was well enough established by 1939 to allow one of Snow White's dwarfs (Happy?) to sing in parody:

"I'd like to dance and tap my feet,
But they won't keep in rhythm,
You see I washed 'em both today,
And I can't do nothing with 'em."
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I would've placed it earlier than "early 1990s." I owned ... to think I stopped wearing such things long before 1990.

OED has it back to 1988, if that makes you feel any better:

Well, no. I was old enough to vote then. But I realized I was misremembering, so it's okay the shirt said "I just washed my hare and I can't do a thing with it," not "bad hare day."

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Not to be confused with JBF hair (which I'm not exactly sure how it is different from bad hair).

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