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Fubsy Update

Readers are all over me for saying Alec Guinness coined the word “fubsy.” It appears in a 1913 dictionary described as an insult term in the U.K. for “chubby.” And it appears in a Rudyard Kipling poem inside The Jungle Book:

Oppress not the cubs of the stranger, but hail them as Sister and


For though they are little and fubsy, it may be the Bear is their


Here endeth the lesson on “fubsy.”


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