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To hate the word 'bubbly' as a descripton of demeanour/behaviour?

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user1466795981 Sat 06-Aug-16 12:18:25

This adjective grates on me - it is ALWAYS used to describe women - usually young women - have you EVER heard it in relation to a man.

It also, in some circumstances can have slight connotations of immaturity.

Grumpyoldblonde Sat 06-Aug-16 12:21:33

YANBU, pisses me off no end, I have complained in the past about it being used about me in work reviews/feedback. Bubbly blonde is the pits..

Obviouspretzel Sat 06-Aug-16 12:22:36

Usually people mean chubby as well.

Queenbean Sat 06-Aug-16 12:22:40

It is usually used to describe women of a certain size, in my experience

"Ooooh, doesn't she have a bubbly personality?"

SupermanStoleMyPants Sat 06-Aug-16 12:22:44

Yup hate it. Can I add feisty in as well. Again never used to describe a man. I fooking hate it.

It's like saying 'aww look the little woman is pissed off, isn't she cute?'

user1466795981 Sat 06-Aug-16 12:23:07

Grumpyoldblonde - glad you agree with me !! - I fully expected to get a flaming!!

user1466795981 Sat 06-Aug-16 12:24:59

Obvious Queenbean - That's interesting I've never considered the size issue as well!

WorraLiberty Sat 06-Aug-16 12:24:59


It's nearly always used to describe overweight women with outgoing personalities.

user1466795981 Sat 06-Aug-16 12:26:17

Superman - Personally, I've never considered feisty to be a derogatory word but, come to think of it, I've never heard it said to a man - so I may from now on see it in a different light!

skatesection Sat 06-Aug-16 12:27:44

Me too, I hate it.

It's also used whenever a teenaged girl dies, usually by their headteacher. I remember being that age, watching the news and thinking "fuck man, you didn't know her at ALL, did you?" every time.

user1466795981 Sat 06-Aug-16 12:27:45

WorraLiberty - I've never previously considered the weight issue - but interesting that quite a few others have made the connection

Cutecat78 Sat 06-Aug-16 12:28:35

I always think it means "fat" confused

callherwillow Sat 06-Aug-16 12:28:50

Bubbly - fat and cheerful.
Feisty - made a reasonable objection to something.

I got described as gregarious once, which I liked.

user1466795981 Sat 06-Aug-16 12:29:10

skatesection - yes 'bubbly' or 'sensitive' perhaps depending on personality.

user1466795981 Sat 06-Aug-16 12:30:24

Sounds like it's got similar (weight) connotations as "you look well" !!

ZippyNeedsFeeding Sat 06-Aug-16 12:30:40

I'd never thought of it being a size thing. I always assume it means "thick" but the person saying it wants to find something halfway nice to say.

UmbongoUnchained Sat 06-Aug-16 12:30:42

It's means nice and fat.
But surely Jolly is the male equivalent? I only ever heard men be described as jolly, and they are usually fat and nice.

EnthusiasmDisturbed Sat 06-Aug-16 12:31:09

I loath this expression

Not used so much now thankfully but I think it describes a women who is just accepting, agreeable and happy at all times in other words isn't serious because apparently that is very unattractive hmm

When I think about all those articles I have read on how to attract a man it was always about being happy and smiley

Grumpyoldblonde Sat 06-Aug-16 12:31:09

I'm not fat but have often had it used about me, I am friendly and like to have fun. It always makes Barbara Windsor spring to mind, '*Bubbly*, blonde Barbara, who plays feisty Matriarch Peggy' speaks volumes.

user1466795981 Sat 06-Aug-16 12:32:50

'Jovial' was used I can remember to describe a thin (ish) man

Zippy - I've never thought about the 'thick' aspect either but you might have a point

WorraLiberty Sat 06-Aug-16 12:33:52

I truly believe that anyone who takes "you look well" as a remark about their weight, is simply paranoid though.

Whereas 'bubbly' being used to describe overweight, outgoing women has been proven time and again in the media.

Helmetbymidnight Sat 06-Aug-16 12:34:05

I have been amazed when women use it to describe themselves. Don't they realize?

Salmotrutta Sat 06-Aug-16 12:35:22

I've never connected it with "fat" and I always assume it means someone relentlessly cheerful who gets on my wick.

And with an element of air-headedness thrown in!

WorraLiberty Sat 06-Aug-16 12:35:33

I only ever heard men be described as jolly, and they are usually fat and nice.

Yeah that's true actually ime.

Helmetbymidnight Sat 06-Aug-16 12:35:33

Yes, I disagree with 'you look well' meaning fat. Its more likely your skin looks nice/you look happy.

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