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    equivalents of the term "love handles"

    Dear teachers:
    Just now I watched a video clip titled "Doctor: Love Handles Stopped Bullet" at a website. I remember that I first came across "love handles" in a reading material about half a year ago and at that time I just guessed its meaning. After watching the video, I went to my dictionaries but failed to find the entry. Then I googled the term and got the following explanation:

    It is a colloquialism referring, quite literally, to the "handles" of flesh on the hips which are eventually acquired by all and provide something for your lover to hang on to. When accused of possessing the aforementioned, one's replies might include "just more of me to love" or "more cushion for the pushing".

    Now I have found that the term of "love handles" is really related to sex. Towards the end of the video, one of the two anchors chuckled and said, "First of all, you should know what 'love handles' are." I understand that "love handles" is something we use jokingly. My question is, If I want to avoid using this term, is there anything equally concise which I can use instead?

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    Re: equivalents of the term "love handles"

    Quote Originally Posted by ohmyrichard View Post
    Dear teachers:
    Just now I watched a video clip titled "Doctor: Love Handles Stopped Bullet" at a website. I remember that I first came across "love handles" in a reading material about half a year ago and at that time I just guessed its meaning. After watching the video, I went to my dictionaries but failed to find the entry. Then I googled the term and got the following explanation:

    It is a colloquialism referring, quite literally, to the "handles" of flesh on the hips which are eventually acquired by all and provide something for your lover to hang on to. When accused of possessing the aforementioned, one's replies might include "just more of me to love" or "more cushion for the pushing".

    Now I have found that the term of "love handles" is really related to sex. Towards the end of the video, one of the two anchors chuckled and said, "First of all, you should know what 'love handles' are." I understand that "love handles" is something we use jokingly. My question is, If I want to avoid using this term, is there anything equally concise which I can use instead?

    Thanks.
    Richard
    Hi, Richard! Today, in the US, the "love handles" colloquialism usually has nothing to do with sex. It is commonly used as a relatively benign description of the layer of fat that is deposited around a person's midsection. While it is seldom polite to tell someone that you notice their 'love handles", I personally think it is much better than telling someone that you notice the 'layer of ugly fat' around their waist!

    Synonyms for 'love handles' include 'spare tire' and 'midriff bulge'.

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    Re: equivalents of the term "love handles"

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    Hi, Richard! Today, in the US, the "love handles" colloquialism usually has nothing to do with sex. It is commonly used as a relatively benign description of the layer of fat that is deposited around a person's midsection. While it is seldom polite to tell someone that you notice their 'love handles", I personally think it is much better than telling someone that you notice the 'layer of ugly fat' around their waist!

    Synonyms for 'love handles' include 'spare tire' and 'midriff bulge'.
    Thanks. Here's a follow-up question: If a child wants to talk about that part of someone's body noticed when this person is on the beach lying under an umbrella or dashing into the seawater, what phrase would you expect the child to use? Can he or she say "love handles" or not?
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    Re: equivalents of the term "love handles"

    A child might use "chubby" or "fat" or "out of shape".

    "Love Handles" is a term used by older people.

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    Re: equivalents of the term "love handles"

    Quote Originally Posted by ohmyrichard View Post
    Thanks. Here's a follow-up question: If a child wants to talk about that part of someone's body noticed when this person is on the beach lying under an umbrella or dashing into the seawater, what phrase would you expect the child to use? Can he or she say "love handles" or not?
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    Yes! No problem and certainly no sexual connotation. Just be sure the child's comments are not overheard by the other person! It would be similar to the child saying the person has a 'big nose' or 'big butt'!

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    Re: equivalents of the term "love handles"

    Just for your reading pleasure, I also give you "muffin top."

    You zip up your tight jeans and your fat pooches up and over the top of your jeans, spreading out like the top of a muffin.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: equivalents of the term "love handles"

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    Just for your reading pleasure, I also give you "muffin top."

    You zip up your tight jeans and your fat pooches up and over the top of your jeans, spreading out like the top of a muffin.
    Oooooooooh, that is not a pretty picture!!!! By the way, are those blueberry muffin tops or cranberry muffin tops?

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    Re: equivalents of the term "love handles"

    Whichever you prefer :)
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: equivalents of the term "love handles"

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    A child might use "chubby" or "fat" or "out of shape".

    "Love Handles" is a term used by older people.
    Thanks. I agree with you that children tend to be less tactful and that if someone is not old enough to know something about physical love, they won't include "love handles" in their talks. Besides, I know that unless you have so close a relationship with someone, you will not say anything about the fat deposited around their waist using "love handles". So, the child noticing the fat around the waist of someone on the beach is only a supposed case; children and anyone probably will never talk about it even if they have noticed it.

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    Re: equivalents of the term "love handles"

    No, you are still associating the use of the phrase "love handles" with "physical love" which I think you are using as a synonym for sex.

    It has nothing to do with sex!

    A child should not comment on someone's love handles. This is NOT because it's inappropriate to talk about sex (although it is) but because it's inappropriate to refer to someone's weight!

    If you think it's okay for a child to say "Hey, look at that fat man! What a pig" then it's okay to say "Hey! Look at his love handles! What a pig." I don't think the first is okay. For a child or anyone.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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