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Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Muffin Tops

I used to like Muffin Tops. Panera carries them and the pumpkin one that's sprinkled in powder sugar was to die for. I'm sure it's a total no-no in the world of eating healthy and thus, I avoid them now. But it's always the best part of the muffin. Isn't that what you always eat first when you have a muffin sitting in front of you? As I strive to lose weight, I've learned a new meaning for the terms "muffin top" and I will strive to NEVER have one! :) For those of you that might be a little "slang-illiterate" here's to you:

Muffin-top (or muffin-top girl) is a generally pejorative, slang term used for a person, usually female, whose flabby midsection spills over the waistline of his or her pants in a manner that resembles the top of a muffin spilling over its casing. This generally occurs when an individual wears low-rise or hip-hugger pants and midriff-baring tops. In an attempt to avoid this, manufacturers have re-introduced mid-rise jeans, which come up higher on the waist and eliminate the "muffin-top". Mid-rise jeans have proven popular across North America, and manufacturers have also introduced new styles of high-rise jeans. However, the muffin-top is not exclusive to low-rise jeans. Any jeans that are too tight at the waist can cause a muffin-top. In addition, low-rise jeans of the right size usually will not create a muffin-top, but they may slip down. Muffin-top originated as Australian slang in mid-2003, but has since become popular in other English-speaking countries. It may have been first popularized by the Australian television show Kath & Kim. Australia's Macquarie Dictionary named "muffin-top" the word of the year in 2006; the American Dialect Society named it one of the "most creative" new terms that same year. Muffin-top was earlier used in a different sense (the best part of the muffin) on an episode of the American television show Seinfeld. The character of Jenna Maroney from the sitcom 30 Rock has a hit dance song called "Muffin-top". An additional derivation is "Split Top Muffin" to describe seeing the "muffin-top" from behind with the jeans so low as to expose the top of the gluteal ridge. (from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muffin_top)

And the fact that the term "gluteal ridge" is used in this official definition just adds to my liking.Maybe this weekend when I make some low fat blueberry muffins, I will not feel guilty splurging on that muffin top. By my quest for a muffin top stops there! :)

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