March 15, 2009

love handles

Posted in slangs at 8:30 pm by Feng

love handles – excess fat around the waistline (often used in the plural) [dict]

I wonder why they are called “love handles“, maybe because they provide a soft place to rest one’s hand while one’s arm is around a person. Just maybe, don’t take it too seriously. It helps memorize.

One synonym is “spare tire”, whose meaning is intuitive though less vivid.

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2 Comments »

  1. Amy said,

    could it also imply the male organ?

  2. Linda said,

    Love handles so called because you can hold on to a person at that extra bit around the waist when making love…certainly in certain positions the hands would very easily be in the right place…! Kind of a cuddly expression too, I think usually meant in a nice way, not insulting.


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