sausage-casing girls

Benjamin Zimmer bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU
Fri Jul 7 13:45:58 UTC 2006

On 7/7/06, Lynne Murphy <m.l.murphy at> wrote:
> Has this term any currency outside the LA Times article:
> <,0,368397.story?coll=la-home-headlines>
> ?

"Sausage-casing girls" may be an LA Times invention, but the more
familiar "muffin top", which appears in the lede sentence, lost out to
"whale tail" in the "most creative" category of the 2006 ADS WOTY

And even if "sausage-casing girls" is new, the metaphor isn't, as
demonstrated by a Google search on "sausage-casing tight",
"sausage-casing like", "sausage-casing jeans", etc.

--Ben Zimmer

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