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December 14, 2005
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Slang of the Week: BBW (noun)
Big, Beautiful Woman

Sally was a nice girl, but at only 80 kilos, she was not the BBW of Mike’s dreams.

Celebrity quote:
“Since I'm in the ‘dainty’ category myself, I took a walk around the bar with Bernice Popa (who is perhaps three times my size) to get an idea of what it's like to be a BBW admirer. Arm in arm, we circled the bar, drawing a few stares. Then, she pulled me onto the dance floor. Even though I wasn't sure which one of us was leading, I knew we were having a better time than anyone else out there.”
-Dating Columnist Matt Katz in the Camden, New Jersey Courier-Post

Several years ago, I saw an advertisement for a BBW singles party. While I’d heard of singles parties specifically for people of different ages or religions, that was new to me and I was curious enough to call the organizer and ask her what it meant. She explained that it was a party for plus size women and the men who liked to date them and asked if I’d like to come.

While I didn’t qualify, I found it interesting that such an event existed—but not surprising. As noted in this newsletter back in August, when we talked about muffin tops, Americans are getting bigger. And as we get larger, so does the language. Recently, I saw a variation on this term, SSBBW, which stands for Super Size Big Beautiful Woman. (My brief internet research indicates that a woman should weigh at least 300 lbs/136 kg  to qualify for that title)

But although the average American woman is getting bigger, fashion models are still extremely thin, and there has been some reaction to those unrealistic images of female beauty presented in the media. As an example, in the late nineties, I was on my way to work when a poster in the window of The Body Shop stopped me in my tracks. Their campaign for body acceptance featured a sexy BBW Barbie-type doll named Ruby who reclined nude on a velvet sofa. (Click here and here to see Ruby posters.) The caption on the poster read, “There are three billion women who don’t look like supermodels, and only eight who do.”

What’s new at Slang City?
So, you're saying that a man can be friends with a woman he finds unattractive?
Harry: No. You pretty much want to nail 'em too.

Translated quotes from the classic romantic comedy When Harry Met Sally in Movies.