I’m on many Oxford email lists and one that I particularly look forward to receiving is the American Slang Word of the Day. Today’s word is too much fun not to share with you:
1. a person having a fat belly.
2. a coward. Also as quasi-adj.
As in, I haven’t made it to the gym in ages and now I have a jelly-belly. Almost makes getting fat fun!
“Jelly-belly” is from the “Historical Dictionary of American Slang,” edited by Jonathan E. Lighter. Stay tuned for information on the release of volume III from Oxford University Press.