I feel like a total moron, but please explain this joke. I have googled it for an hour - that's long enough to give up and ask, right?
MeHarmony, you're joking now right?! Perm....sounds like ?
Alas, MeHarmony is not alone in his bewilderment.
It's a pun on the Geordie accent in which 'perm' sounds somewhat like 'poem' so the hairdresser responds with some Wordsworth, only really works for Brits I'm afraid.I just wondered, do they do perms anywhere else ? A perm is where they apply some sort of solution to your hair to set a style (usually curls) in place.
They're perms over here, too, YS. I can't think what else anyone would call them as permanent wave is the proper name, with perm being the shortened version. Great joke. My two best ever friends were/are Geordies, so the dialect isn't a problem here.
I have read my fair share of Wordsworth, but that particular poem wasn't stuck in my brain. Thank you for the explanation. They do perms here in the US, but I think they're sort of out of style. I remember that smell when the hairdresser would come to the house to give mom a perm. Yuck.