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Mirdling the English language?

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Mirdles are — it’s so obvious when you know — girdles for men.

Apparently, mirdles are catching on fast — although retailers don’t seem too keen on the word, preferring to give their mirdle ranges names with more man-appeal such as ‘Bodymax’ and ‘Precision’.

I understand they can be a struggle to get on, and even more challenging to take off. Er — thus defeating the object? Discuss.

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  1. We’re becoming fatter as a society and we don’t want to move towards the effort it takes to be slimmer. A mirdle, Bodymax, or whatever you want to call it is perfect for that quick fix. However, the fix is not that quick as I believe they are a nightmare to put on and an even bigger struggle to take off. Very sexy, I’m sure.

    By coincidence, I have just written about this and other miracle underwear. I sometimes marvel at the serendipity in the blogosphere.

    pienbiscuits

    03/05/2010 at 1:14 pm

    • Hi, pienbiscuits — how nice to see you here. You’re very welcome. What a coincidence that you picked up on the mirdle thing as well — I will pop over later to read your post.

      Deborah

      03/05/2010 at 5:40 pm

  2. How absurd, though I expect it’s easier than following the rules of nutrition or getting enough exercise.

    There was an episode of the TV series “Seinfeld” where one character invents a “bro” for men in need of, er um, shall we say “chest support”?

    Thank you for a moment of mirth, Deborah.

    Invisible Mikey

    03/05/2010 at 5:12 pm

    • Hi, Mikey — I really liked Seinfeld but I don’t remember the ‘bro’ episode. I’ll have to look out for it. I’m glad you liked the post. I’ve been reading your excellent post about working with people who have dementia and will be reading the second one again later (I’ve only had time to scan it so far, which doesn’t do it justice). Thanks for taking the time to comment here.

      Deborah

      03/05/2010 at 5:46 pm

      • Ha!! I immediately thought of that Seinfeld episode! Cosmo and Mr Constanza Sr invented the “manzierre.” How ’bout mandex panties with gut-sucking capabilities? Or control-top mantyhose 🙂

        Jo-Anne

        03/05/2010 at 6:02 pm

        • Those are very funny (not too keen on the mental image they evoke, though). Now, how did I get from grammar to hosting a thread suggesting names for male undergarments…?

          Deborah

          03/05/2010 at 6:09 pm


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