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Muffin Top mystery

Posted November 17, 2009

It was truly an awkward moment. 6:55. WRAL's Morning News today. Kelcey Carlson and I introduced Bill Jordan and Lynda Loveland at Mix 101.5 WRAL-FM for their 45 second daily blurb on their popular morning show. Lynda launched into her pitch: 7 Ways to Get Rid of Muffin Tops.

I look at Kelcey and she looks at me. Neither one of us know what a “muffin top” is as referenced by Lynda. Brian Shrader to our left off-camera begins his best charade-like demonstration. We finally get it.

A "muffin top" is slang for flesh hanging out over a person's waistline. Synonyms include love handles and Dunlap Disease.

The internet is fertile ground for slang. New phrases are popping up every day. How do you keep up with it all?

Did you know what a muffin top was? What are some other phrases worth mentioning here?


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  • circlecity Nov 18, 2009

    What gets me is when young people wear too tight of clothes and show every fat roll she has and then thinks its cute and thinks it makes her you smaller

  • thinknc Nov 17, 2009

    Thanks Happy, that's the word. I don't even text, so I don't think I'll be skyping anytime soon.

  • luv2crop Nov 17, 2009

    I have heard of the term muffin top, but I like to refer to mine as the 3 layer cake.

  • thefensk Nov 17, 2009

    I was reading about "unfriend" in another venue where a blogger suggested another word ... bironic, something that is doubly ironic.

  • LMRA Nov 17, 2009

    I have heard the muffin top reference before. I'm sure people have also used it to describe me (although tight jeans and a short shirt haven't been on this body since about 1980!).

    I read today that 'unfriend' is the Word of the Year. It's a reference to something you can do on Facebook.

    The tatts above the patootie can also be called 'rear' toppers (they blocked the real word spelled but & t) but I prefer the previous name (referenced by happy).

    Remember when phat was common? I walked in on a bunch of teenagers having a discussion and one of the boys called one of the girls 'phat.' Having NO idea it could mean anything but 'overweight,' I immediately stopped the conversation. After they convinced me to wait a minute and listen, I found out 'phat' is a good thing.

    Whatever happened to 'groovy' and 'hip' and 'cool'?????

  • happy Nov 17, 2009

    think nc - was it skyping or something like that?

  • softballmom Nov 17, 2009

    Yeah, I knew what it meant. I've heard someone say "My muffin is puffin".

  • ppetree Nov 17, 2009

    I started hearing "muffin top" to describe waistline bulge shortly after tight, hip-hugger pants for women came into style (again) and were worn with a top that didn't cover the waistband. The combined styles meant anyone who wasn't extremely lean had a visible bulge all around the top of the waistband of the pants.

  • axepack Nov 17, 2009

    It is common slang. The origins have nothing to do with the unhealthy aspects of eating muffins or doughnuts. The flabby flesh popping out of a (too) tight pair of pants simply resembles the top of a muffin spilling over the paper casing.

  • happy Nov 17, 2009

    Yes, muffin top is common slang.

    Not sure if you want to put this on your blog but tramp stamp is in reference to a girl having a tattoo across her lower back.




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