What do you think of when you see that word? I think of fat men. I’m just being honest here. I don’t think of fat women. Fat men get to be described as portly. Fat women get to be described as fat women. What’s up with that?
I saw the above article about portly men and it got me thinking about the word. The following is a definition of the portly:
Give me a freakin’ break. Not only are fat men portly they are comfortably stout and they are usually considered gentlemen and now they are stately? Yes, you’re damn right that’s archaic.
synonyms for FAT: fat, obese, corpulent, fleshy, portly, stout, pudgy, rotund, plump, chubby. These adjectives mean having an abundance and often an excess of flesh. Fat implies excessive weight and generally has negative connotations: was getting fat and decided to exercise. Obese and corpulent imply gross overweight: “a woman of robust frame . . . though stout, not obese” (Charlotte Brontë). The dancer was corpulent but surprisingly graceful. Fleshy implies a not necessarily excessive abundance of flesh: firm, fleshy arms. Portly refers to bulk combined with a stately or imposing bearing: “a portly, rubicund man of middle age” (Winston Churchill). Stout denotes a thickset, bulky figure: a painting of stout peasants. Pudgy means short and fat: pudgy fingers. Rotund suggests roundness of figure, often in a squat person: “this pink-faced rotund specimen of prosperity” (George Eliot). Plump and chubby apply to a pleasing fullness of figure: a plump little toddler; chubby cheeks.
Who would have thought there were so many words for fat.
So from now on I’m not going to consider myself fat. I am woman!! I am Fleshy! I don’t know if fleshy is any better but it sounds a little more sexy than fat.