April 30 (Z)…A Zaftig Cogitating

Today, the final day, is indeed MY day in this Blogging from A to Z challenge.  There was really no question on what I would write about today.  It is not only my favorite Z word, but my all time fave.  It is a lovely, whimsical, sonorously perfect description of…myself.

ZAFTIG:  Adjective, Slang.  1937, from Yiddish zaftik, lit. “juicy,” from zaft “juice,” from M.H.G. saft “juice.”

  • (of a woman) having a pleasantly plump figure.
  • full-bodied; well-proportioned.
  • literal:  juicy, succulent.
  • buxom, chubby, embonpoint, plump.
  • Also, zoftig.
  • having an (over)abundance of flesh.
  • Of a woman, having a plump and sexually attractive figure; voluptuous, well-proportioned.
  • Rubenesque.
  • (of a female body) healthily plump and vigorous.
  • with a full-figured body.
  • [women] having a pleasantly plump figure; full-bodied; well proportioned.
  • having a full, shapely figure; said of a woman.
  • having a full, rounded figure; pleasingly plump.

No matter how you state it, what is obvious is that zaftig refers to a plump woman.  Fluffy.  With some extra padding.

OK…fat.  But not as ugly as that word.  And not as rude when uttered out loud…to the aforementioned zaftig woman.

I’ve taken a bit of a liberty with the word, in that I chose to use it as a noun.  In fact, I think it functions well – if not actually better – in that capacity.   (Of a woman) is implied, if not stated outright, in every definition, and as such, it is easy to infer that zaftig (noun) would be defined as a woman with a full, shapely figure; a full-bodied woman;  a pleasantly plump woman; a voluptuous woman; a Rubenesque woman.  In a word…a ZAFTIG.

I’ve decided to own my deliberate misusage.  Maybe it will catch on, as have other changes…er…adjustments to this crazy, fluctuating language we call English.  I hope so.

In the meantime…

…I am, and will continue to be, a zaftig cogitating.


17 thoughts on “April 30 (Z)…A Zaftig Cogitating

  1. HA! Fabulous word choice for today. Never knew it until now. And yes – it seems a little bit nicer than “fat,” but the definitions crack me up. I like how you use it as a noun. Totally works! I hope it catches on 🙂

  2. I *like*! Yes, Reubens was definitely partial to *zaftig*, and his nudes are the best praise to the *zaftig* figure. Well done! Thanks for the visit to my blog earlier today–much appreciated! New follower here 🙂

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