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May 15, 2008
Slang of the Week: juicy booty (noun phrase)
deliciously attractive buttocks

Though the boys appreciated Cindy's juicy booty, she had a hard time finding jeans that fit.

Celebrity quote
"I gotta tooty booty, juicy booty, ghetto ass."
- Peach Candy on the song BAM

This has been a fairly monumental news week here in the US. But while others may focus on the groundbreaking decision to legalize same sex marriage in California, that's so last year here in Boston. (Actually, we've had it for four years.)

No, for me, the truly astonishing event happened Wednesday night, when Whitney Thompson took home the top honors on the guilty pleasure reality show America's Next Top Model. Thompson is the first "plus size" model to do so; normally the competition is won by women who resemble coat hangers with lips.

Although larger models have appeared on the show in past seasons, they have all been eliminated early on, not unlike anonymous Star Trek crew members who beam down to a mysterious planet with Captain Kirk.

Thompson’s size was a constant topic of conversation on the show, and more than once, references were made to the fact that she had a juicy booty. While this term is always positive, its synonym junk in the trunk can be used both positively and negatively. Annette Mcleod writes in the Toronto Sun, "There I was, hurtling towards middle age, packing some extra junk in the trunk…and no one was looking at me the same way they looked at those girls." On the other hand, admires bandmate Fergie's junk in the trunk in the Black Eyed Peas song My Humps.

Though Thompson was far fleshier than her rail thin competitors, it’s worth noting that she is not what most people would call fat. She is 5' 10" (178cm) and says that her size fluctuates between an 8 and a 10. In contrast, the average American woman is 5' 4" (163cm) and wears a size 14.

Take a look in our bookstore for books and DVDs on all kinds of slang! This week's pick: The Oxford Dictionary of Slang. Although it’s called a dictionary, this reference is arranged more like a thesaurus, with chronologically arranged slang terms for words that carry the same meaning. If you’ve ever wondered what kind of alcohol can be called pine-top, forty rod, snake poison and screech, this is the book for you.