Muffin-top revisited

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Sat Nov 28 01:16:30 UTC 2009

At 11:32 AM -0500 11/27/09, Alice Faber wrote:
>A few years ago, one of the new words under discussion for WOTY was
>"muffin top" (with or without a hyphen), referring to flesh-rolls
>overhanging tight, low-cut pants/jeans/trousers/slacks. Today's New York
>Times has, in the business section, an article about selling men on
>well-fitting clothing in which "muffin top" is used to refer to excess
>fabric blousing out when a poorly-fitting shirt is tucked in to,
>presumably, well-fitting pants jeans.
>Here's the money quote: "Bonobos makes shorts and polo shirts and is
>working on dress shirts that do away with the "muffin top" created by
>excess fabric around the waist. And it plans to make suits."

Very nice.  It's amazing what chimpanzees can learn to do.  And based
on what I've heard about this species, they have to fit their
tailoring in between displays of empathy and bouts of therapeutic sex.


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