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View Poll Results: As words/descriptors themselves
Both "fat" and "skinny" as words sound equally non-negative to me (they can be used as neutral descriptions of just what someone looks like). 3 23.08%
"Fat" sounds negative but not as much as "skinny", when describing a person's looks. 2 15.38%
"Skinny" sounds negative but not as much as "fat", when describing a person's looks. 3 23.08%
Both "fat" and "skinny" as words sound equally negative to me (either word to describe a person's looks). 5 38.46%
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Old 04-29-2012, 10:58 AM
 
Location: Toronto
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Related to this other poll/thread I had:

Can fat EVER be used in a non-negative context with intent to describe a person's appearance?

I wonder, just based on wording itself, I am curious as to comparing another word "skinny", as used in a similar manner to "fat".

All I want to know is your opinion on the wording/descriptive terms/language used.
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Old 04-29-2012, 12:57 PM
 
Location: Oakland, CA
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I pretty much never use either word to describe someone. I have used skinny a handful of times as a compliment, if I knew that person would take it as a compliment. I never use the word fat. I think it is even more subjective than skinny.

There are some people who would call Kim Kardashian "fat." Some people would say that about Beyonce. For other people "fat" means Christina Hendricks. And for other people it means Monique or Oprah. And for someone else it starts at Gabby Sidobue.

So it is a pretty useless descriptor in my book. I'd rather use curvy, curvy and heavyset, thin, slim, a little overweight, apple shaped...... or gauge their size in relation to mine.

I also don't tend to use ethnicity to describe people either unless it is absolutely necessary. Most of the time it is irrelevant.
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Old 04-29-2012, 07:32 PM
 
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if someone calls me fat i think "i have been eating a lot more than i should. time to start exercising". if someone calls me skinny i think "oh thank God"
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Old 04-30-2012, 01:16 PM
 
Location: Center of the universe
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I'm a fat guy who wears skinny jeans. It's a great look.
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Old 04-30-2012, 01:37 PM
 
Location: Kansas
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I don't "fat" when referring to a person ever has a positive feeling to it. "Skinny" can go both ways because some love the idea of being "skinny" while others see it as an indication that someone thinks they may have an eating disorder. Now, if it were the Middle Ages, "fat" met prosperity so I believe they would take pride in being called "fat" but this isn't the Middle Ages.
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Old 04-30-2012, 01:53 PM
 
Location: southern born and southern bred
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it's bad manners and rude to comment on anyone's weight-at all. If the person brings up a weight loss or gain then that is inviting a comment. The words skinny or fat are no no's IMHO.
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