Rug 1275

Rug 1275
Rug 1275 (2014)
Wool
28" x 28" x .75"

1275 wool balls illustrate the number of responses to the Dictionary of American Regional English Survey question asking for names of false hair worn by men. The different colors and patterns represent the different responses (see below).

Carrie: We often read or hear of the top results from surveys, but we rarely see the diversity of responses. In this piece I feature the variety of human responses to this rather humorous topic.

Julie: Not only is this a great visual representation of the variety of responses to the question about false hair worn by men, it is a delightful visual joke. Often the responses in the DARE Survey are rich examples of the humor in American English. They might not be the most sophisticated, but we shouldn't just sweep them under the rug.

Details:
(From DARE Survey, Parts of the Body, Qu. X1a, Names used around here for false hair, worn by men:)
TOUPEE (tan) 688
WIG (light gray) 445
HAIRPIECE (off white) 103
RUG (medium gray) 39
NO RESPONSE (black/gray) 11
HEADPIECE (white + black circle) 9
TOP PIECE (white + gray circle) 8
TOPPER (white + brown stripe) 5
FALSIE (white) 3
PIECE (white + thick gray stripe) 3
CARPET (white + 3 small black dots) 2
FALSE HAIR (white + 2 large black dots) 2
FALSE PIECE (white + thick dark gray stripe) 2
KOUPEE (white + dark gray dots) 2
MAT (white + large gray circle) 2
SKY PIECE (white + brown "combover" stripe) 2
BEAKER (white + half light gray ) 1
BURLAP HAIR (white + thick tan stripe) 1
BURLAP TOP (white + half tan) 1
COOTIE-GARAGE (white + gray dot) 1
DIVOT (white + dark gray dot) 1
DOILY (white + brown circle) 1
FUR PIECE (white + black stripe) 1
GRASS (white + dark brown stripe) 1
HAIR TOPPER (white + gray outlined circle) 1
HAIR-WIG (white + black outlined circle) 1
HALF-WIG (white + 2 small black dots) 1
HORSETAIL (white + tan "combover" stripe) 1
MOP (white + 2 large tan dots) 1
MOUSE (white + half black) 1
PATCH (white + half dark gray) 1
PEROQUE (white + black "combover" stripe) 1
RAG (white + 1 light gray circle) 1
S.I.B.(SOME IS BOUGHT) (white + tan speck) 1
SKULL RUG (white + gray mottled circle) 1
SQUIRE (white + dark gray circle) 1
THATCH (white + thick red/brown stripe) 1
TOPKNOT (white + thin brown stripe) 1
TOQUE (white + large brown circle) 1
TOUP (white + red/brown circle) 1
TRANSFORMATION (white + thick light gray stripe) 1
WIGGY (white + brown mottled circle) 1
WIGLETS (white + light gray outlined circle) 1

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