BEING FUNDAMENTALLY GERMAN, AND THEREFORE TERRIFYING, CAPABLE OF HAUNTING CHILDREN AND ADULTS ALIKE
n. — one with long and unkempt hair
adj. — tautologically with -haired: having long and unkempt hair
fm. literature: the title and protagonist of the first story in a (some might say notorious) children’s book by Heinrich Hoffman.
Fantastically warning children away from bad behavior, the 1845 book includes both Struwwelpeter—whose poor grooming habits lead to unpopularity—and the infamous, nightmarish Scissorman—who visits savage retribution on children who won’t stop sucking their thumbs…
…And today it’s an explicitly gay character in Beauty and the Beast that’s causing some to cry over the lost innocence of children.
first published. 1905
inspiration. The Oxford English Dictionary
featured image. detail from lower cover of Der Struwwelpeter (Heinrich Hoffmann, Stuttgart: F. Carl, c. 1900). Photo credit: Delaware Art Museum.