No, you didn’t read that incorrectly. A woman actually expressed the desire to GAIN weight.
Next thing you know the penis reduction industry will boom. Children will be throwing tantrums when their parents give them cookies instead of broccoli. Kim Kardashian will have a small, intimate wedding.
Of course, I turned around to see what this woman looked like, and she was definitely thin. But in my experience, even thin women want to be thinner. Women who wear a size 2 want to wear a size 0. Women who wear a size 0 still think they have five pounds to lose. It’s Southern California. She’s lucky there wasn’t a cop around; she might have been arrested.
I can only remember one other time when my concept of reality had been rocked so hard.
I had always assumed words started out long, and then we’d get lazy and abbreviate them. For example, television had been shortened to TV, sexually transmitted diseases to STDs, United States of America to USA, and Puff Daddy to P. Diddy to Diddy.
So imagine how shocked I was when I learned that the word OK started as an abbreviation and then later was lengthened to the word okay.
The origin of OK is still considered a mystery, but the most popular theory is that in 1839 when comical misspellings were all the rage (remember that?), OK stood for Orl Korrect, which was the comical misspelling of All Correct. Soon after, OK became a word of its own and kept the meaning “All Correct.”
I did not know this. Consequently, for years, I have been correcting my students’ OKs and O.K.s with okays.
However, different style guides prefer different expressions of the word. For example, the Associated Press Style Guide prefers OK, the New York Times prefers O.K., and Garner's Modern American Usage prefers okay.
Which expression of the word do you prefer?
Puff Daddy, P. Diddy, or Diddy?
I mean, OK, O.K., or okay.
“Okay vs OK.” Words Between the Spaces. 13 Jan. 2010. Web. 17 August 2011.