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"people of size" is ridiculous and confusing

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twoopsie Wed 24-Dec-14 13:51:34

I've heard this used on radio 4 a couple of times recently, can't help but role my eyes every time.

WooWooOwl Wed 24-Dec-14 13:52:36

People are offended by the word fat though, so they have to say something.

AwfulBeryl Wed 24-Dec-14 13:55:07

It is confusing. I saw it and though it was about people with dwarfism.
Is larger or big not used so much now ?

fanjoforthemammaries7850 Wed 24-Dec-14 13:55:49

Bit like people of stirring

OneHorseOpenSandwich Wed 24-Dec-14 13:56:41

Not very accurate since everyone has a size, but not actually confusing since everyone would know what was meant.

Ridiculous.... Not sure. There is not a nice way to say fat. I guess larger people I would be most comfortable with

KoalaDownUnder Wed 24-Dec-14 13:56:47

confused What does it mean? Obese people?

TipsyMcStaggers Wed 24-Dec-14 13:58:42

I worked with a chap who said the new pc thing for problems with vision was 'optically challenged'. It's stuck with me for years grin

insancerre Wed 24-Dec-14 13:59:09

It is daft
Obese is a perfectly acceptable word

AwfulBeryl Wed 24-Dec-14 13:59:56

I didn't know what it meant though, until I clicked on the thread. I assumed it meant people with Achondroplasia or other forms of dwarfism.
I had just been reading about Tyrion Lannister though, maybe I wouldn't have thought that otherwise.

WilsonWilsonWoman Wed 24-Dec-14 14:02:13

OMG that is hilarious! I must be a 'person of size'! I feel so special and appropriately labelled now to avoid any embarrassment or inconvenience! grin

Jameme Wed 24-Dec-14 14:03:19

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arlagirl Wed 24-Dec-14 14:03:21

My brother calls himself a fat bastard.
Before anyone else does

twoopsie Wed 24-Dec-14 14:04:06

Well this proves that people do find it confusing!

It was instead of obese, only known through the context it has been used in.

LadySlatternlysHoover Wed 24-Dec-14 14:04:24

I am a person of sighs

grin

Trapper Wed 24-Dec-14 14:13:18

Person of pies would make much more sense.

Neverbuyheliumbalonz Wed 24-Dec-14 14:14:06

'People of size' is just ridiculously genius, I have never heard that before!

Most erm, 'people of size' that I know refer to themselves as 'big' or 'large' which I think is fine as 'fat' is not very nice.

What is wrong with 'obese' though, that is what it is isnt it?

Jameme Wed 24-Dec-14 14:37:12

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fanjoforthemammaries7850 Wed 24-Dec-14 14:38:05

Person of hairy hands

Fluffyears Wed 24-Dec-14 14:39:38

I prefer 'spherically challenged' thank you!

TheHorseHasBolted Wed 24-Dec-14 20:11:27

"People are offended by the word fat though"

I'm fat and I'm not in the least offended by the word fat. It's factually accurate.

raltheraffe Wed 24-Dec-14 20:35:21

It makes no sense "person of size". Everyone is a person of some size, just some are bigger than others.

Janethegirl Wed 24-Dec-14 20:39:38

'Fat' is descriptive and understood by most people but still is perceived as a 'bad' word.....generally by the people described by it though grin

Ericaequites Wed 24-Dec-14 20:42:02

Sears in the States used to sell clothes for girls of size as "Pretty Plus". There is the husky boys' department. A rather posh former boutique catered locally for women with a "regal figure". Short and simple words are best, but not politically correct.

raltheraffe Wed 24-Dec-14 20:43:57

In the film Hairspray the plus size ladies shop was called the Hefty Hideaway.

BarbarianMum Wed 24-Dec-14 20:49:23

Fat people are offended by the word 'fat'?? Think I must have missed that memo hmm.

To a certain extent context is important. Mentioning a person's weight is rude, unless it's pertinent to the matter in question.

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