[Ads-l] "go pear-shaped"

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Sun Oct 26 15:46:05 UTC 2014

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:

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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