word of the day: embonpoint

 

In an Agatha Christie story I read: “A yachting costume is not the most kindly of attires for a middle-aged man with a tendecy to embonpoint.” Embonpoint? Isn’t that something to do with needlework? Or ballet?

Who would ever guess that this word means obesity? People should use it more often. For example, on application forms:

“Any health issues?”

“A tendency to embonpoint.”

That’ll fox ’em.

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