Slang of the Week: VPL (noun)
visible panty line
Rob was planning to propose, but when he saw Marian’s VPL and realized she wasn’t perfect, he went home and watched a movie instead.
“First, look out for the ugly cousin of VPL. VFL is the visible line of fat that oozes out above the waistline of your control pants, creating an unsightly set of love handles.”
Bill Clinton was once asked on MTV if he wore boxers or briefs. If his wife Hillary stays in the 2008 presidential race for long enough, perhaps she’ll be asked a similar question: whether she prefers briefs, bikinis, boy shorts, thongs or “shapewear,” as girdles and such are now euphemistically called.
Since muffin top, VPL and whale tail are fairly recent words, you might think that our ancestors didn’t have to deal with such undergarment problems in the olden days, when women were well covered up.
You’d be wrong. On the Victoria and Albert Museum website, author Gwen Raverat writes about her experience of corsets in the late 1800s: “And in spite of whalebone, they were apt to bulge below the waist in front; for, poor dears, they were but human after all, and they had to expand somewhere.”
Take a look in our bookstore for books and DVDs on all kinds of slang! This week’s pick: The Lover’s Tongue by Mark Morton. This adults-only book traces the history of sexy words.