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Re: OFF TOPIC-Semantics

To: "David Hill" <>, "MG List" <>
Subject: Re: OFF TOPIC-Semantics
From: Tab Julius <>
Date: Thu, 03 Aug 2000 13:32:44 -0400
It's in common use, but not really derogatory per se.  It's not restricted 
to the doctor's office, but it's just used in a descriptive way, similar to 

You could, of course, make it derogatory:
"Boy, she is really large"
"Boy, she is really obese"
but you have to work at it.

As opposed to:
"Man, I wonder how that fat pig manages to squish themself into that tiny 
little car."
which is a bit more derogatory.

However, obesity itself is a sensitive condition, so describing someone may 
or may not be a sensitive topic.  But the word itself isn't particularly 

- Tab

At 06:19 PM 8/3/00 +0100, David Hill wrote:
>Can anyone help with the everyday or common usage of a word in the US?
>The word is 'obese'-is this ever used in a derogatory way in America, or is
>it more like a clinical or 'professional' term?
>Apologies in advance for my use of bandwidth.
>David Hill
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