baby bump [was: conceptionmoon]

Alice Faber faber at HASKINS.YALE.EDU
Wed Jan 30 21:48:05 UTC 2008

Joel S. Berson wrote:
> At 1/30/2008 02:58 PM, Charles Doyle wrote:
>> And now that pregnancy (along with other devices for acquiring cute
>> children) is chic among Hollywood stars, the term "baby bump" has
>> become ubiquitous on tabloid TV.
> Is "baby bump" analogous to "baby boom", as in "boomer generation",
> or does it refer to a protruberance?

It's the belly itself. If you imagine a picture of a very pregnant
woman, in profile, the baby bump is the protruberance behind which
resides a baby on the verge of being born.

Now can we move on to "babymoon"? I know Grant's dealt with it
(, but it's
new to me. Even though Grant traces it back about 10 years, I first saw
the word a few weeks ago:

"As a pregnant woman myself, I couldn’t help admiring Luongo for his
decision to skip the festivities and have a babymoon with Mrs. Luongo.
(For those unfamiliar with the term, a babymoon refers to a vacation
that a couple takes a few months before the baby is born- the last
chance to enjoy each other’s company.)"

Note that the blogger still sees a need to provide a definition.

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