I've came across the topic about equivalent to phrase "play with sb's hair" in which people suggested some fancy words. One word equivalent to "play with someone's hair"

I'm wondering whether is it correct to say "toy with sb's hair", for instance: - I like toying with girls' hair, would you mind?

  • would who mind?! We aren't the English language here, you can Do What You Like™! It all depends on the context - where will you be writing it? – marcellothearcane Jun 19 '17 at 18:48
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    @marcellothearcane - I read that as being part of the example sentence. I.e. Walk up to a girl, announce your fetish and ask if they would let you indulge. Perfectly fine English. Creepy behavior. – Jim Jun 19 '17 at 18:53
  • @Jim, In that case, I don't mind at all, so long as you're not going to progress to my hair! Maybe 'I like fetishising girls' hair, would you mind?' is better? – marcellothearcane Jun 19 '17 at 19:24
  • Krzesimir, what exactly are you asking that isn't answered in the question that you linked? – vpn Jun 19 '17 at 19:27
  • @marcellothearcane - No. You can’t use “fetish” like that. – Jim Jun 19 '17 at 19:27

The toy/play swap is perfectly acceptable. Play is a synonym of toy, especially in a (potentially) flirtatious way.

With English, there is rarely a 'correct' word, most are interchangeable. It all depends on what you want to mean, and how your speech will be interpreted. If you're ever unsure, check a thesaurus, and then a dictionary (to make sure the meanings are the same)

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    Awesome, thank you! :) Also, as my English becomes more fluent, I get the feeling when and how to change words to express the meaning in my own way, but in this case I just was unsure :) Thanks once again! – Krzesimir Jun 19 '17 at 20:23

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