Friday, June 20, 2008

Rubenesque -- a curvaceous eponym


Rubenesque (roo-buh-NESK) adjective
Full-figured; rounded; voluptuous
[After Flemish artist Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640) known for depiction of plump female figures in his paintings.]

Rubens's paintings.

"But our society admires thinness -- the Rubenesque Marilyn Monroe likely would be considered too plump these days -- and so some of our children, in the quest to look attractive, may starve themselves."
-- S. Jennifer Hunter; Where Were Schiavo's Loved Ones As Disorder Led to Downfall?; Chicago Sun-Times; Apr 6, 2005.

(Perhaps someone who frequents delis too frequently would be "reubenesque.")

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