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April 20, 2006

Slang of the Week: thinspiration (noun)
something that inspires people to diet

Every time Janet passes the Cinnabon store at the Galleria, she resists temptation by looking at the thinspiration pictures of Audrey Hepburn in the back of her notebook.

Celebrity quote:
“When it comes to losing my holiday fat-titude, you’re my thin-spiration!”
-Greeting card from the online store

This week’s big debate at Slang City Headquarters concerns the most humane way to eat chocolate Easter rabbits. Am I a bad person if I start by eating the rabbit’s feet and enjoy listening to his sugary little screams? Since they went on sale Monday, I’ve had plenty of test subjects, but the results have been inconclusive so far.

In my thinspiration indifference, I am unlike my mother, who used to decorate her refrigerator with a postcard that said, “Nothing tastes as good as thin feels!” But Mom (who looks great, by the way) is old-school in the thinspiration department. Although the word is still used by everyday dieters with five pounds to lose before bathing suit season, if you take a tour of current pro-ana and pro-mia sites (which promote anorexia and bulimia, respectively) you’ll see a new kind of thinspiration.

These disturbing personal sites, which often shorten the term to thinspo, feature pictures of Lindsay Lohan, the Olsen Twins and other stick-figure actresses inspiring teenagers to starve themselves. The pages include detailed diaries of fasting and over-exercising, along with serious research into how long a person would need to run to undo the weight gain caused by eating a single grape. “Eek!” says doomed chocolate Easter rabbit #22.

What’s new at Slang City?
“You start getting the McTummy. You get the McGurgles in there. You get the McBrick, then you get the McStomach ache. Right now I've got some McGas that's rockin’.” Staying on the food theme, quotes from Super Size Me translated to Standard English.