[Ads-l] "go pear-shaped"

Spanbock/Svoboda-Spanbock spanbocks at VERIZON.NET
Sun Oct 26 20:27:38 UTC 2014


I feel certain, for no reason other than that I have experienced it personally, that it is about the shape of a woman's body as she ages.

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Kate Svoboda-Spanbock


On Oct 26, 2014, at 1:12 PM, Neal Whitman wrote:

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> I'm familiar with this as a BrE expression, and somewhere (maybe on 
> Grant Barrett and Martha Barnett's "A Way with Words", or maybe in an 
> talk or interview with David Crystal) I heard that it referred to the 
> shape an aircraft might briefly make as it crashes into something.
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> Neal
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> On 10/26/2014 11:46 AM, Joel S. Berson wrote:
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>> At 10/26/2014 07:19 AM, Jonathan Lighter wrote:
>>> ... 'Go bad,' for some reason. (Not just figuratively "sag into into a pear
>>> shape," as one might imagine.)  ...
>> But I'm told it's healthier to go pear-shaped than to go
>> apple-shaped.  OED, s.v. "applie-shaped:
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>> 1990   Sunday Herald Sun (Melbourne) (Nexis) 4 Feb.,   Women who are
>> 'apple-shaped' are at a significantly greater risk of developing
>> breast cancer than those who are 'pear-shaped', according to a new
>> study in the US.
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>> Joel
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