"a shock of hair"
Shock of white hair. Shock of curly black hair. I've only come across this phrase in written form, usually in a certain kind of fiction, and always as a rather cheap way to describe a character that's supposed to be interesting. It always interrupts the narrative flow by making me think of someone who's been struck by lightning. I hate it.
i feel the same about the phrase, "she's a wisp of a girl" & variations.
— cat posted 10/22/2008
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