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Bald as a badger?

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TomTom | 23:25 Sat 19th Mar 2005 | Phrases & Sayings
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Forgive me if im thick, but what does this saying mean? A badger isnt bald is it?

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'Bald' was often in the past used as an abbreviated form of 'piebald' or 'skewbald'...ie of variegated colour. Thus, when we say 'as bald as a badger' we mean it in that sense, a badger being very definitely black and white. Using it for the other word 'bald'...ie hairless...is just a sort of joke.
I've only heard the saying 'as bald as a badger's ar$e' which made perfect sense to me (not that I ever checked).

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