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What Does ‘Matchstick’ Mean? | Definitions Of Ginger Terms & Redhead Nicknames

match stick

Gingers get their ‘matchstick’ nickname due to matchsticks ‘heads’, which were commonly coloured red to distinguish which end to strike it.

The Redheads matches company reinforced this term for gingers when it opened in 1909 in Australia, depicting a redheaded woman on their packaging, which is still the case to this day.

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Also, if you think about it, matchsticks start fires, which could be another connection to gingers (dear redhead stereotype, you strike again).

See also: ‘firecracker’

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