One of the very first issues tackled on this blog was that of “how does one refer to Big Girls.” Plumcake waxed poetic on her insistence that “fat” is “fat,” while I suggested that “cushiony” suggests both bigness and an invitation to experience one’s well-endowed body. We have also touched upon the idea that “fat” does not have to be considered an insult, but merely a neutral descriptive term, as in “I am 5-foot-1, I’m wearing a wool suit and matching suede boots, I’m fat, and I have shoulder-length hair.” See? That was painless. You don’t even need synonyms like “voluptuous” or “curvy” or “plus-sized” – unless you want some variety.
Anyway, Francesca wonders: In other languages, is “fat” a negative word, or an adjective? And what synonyms for fat do different languages have?
I call upon our bilingual sisters to share some international linguistic fat culture with us!
Francesca is particularly interested in how to say “fat” in Arabic, and whether it’s an insult or a neutral term, since she has noticed that men of North African origin seem to be deeply enamored of her cushioniness, even of her lumpy-squishies. If Francesca needs an ego boost, she calls her Moroccan man-friends, who quickly remind her that our fear of fat is a Western invention.