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Definition: a curvaceous woman, pleasingly plump.

Pronunciation: ZAHF-tig


This tasty adjective dates back to 1937, the same time in which Yiddish words began entering the English language, and stems from the Yiddish zaftik, meaning juicy (with zaft being the complimentary noun and meaning juice).

Why this word?

This is a great word! This adjective withholds everything a woman should be- fruity, rounded, natural and tasty, just as freshly squeezed orange juice is!

Looking at women nowadays makes me think that at some point, men decided women to be headaches, the more of her- the more it hurts; as if smaller women are easier… A woman’s body should not be minimized to the very minimum. I am not at all advocating obesity here, but there is a reason, for which dates take place in restaurants, for which ‘food designer’ is an actual profession, and a good one. Food needs to be beautiful, and you need food in order to be beautiful. Check out the last Fashion Week publications, this woman is not beautiful; she can be, but she needs to eat first.

How to use zaftig?

Mainly, just use it, and remember what’s behind the word- a woman’s true beauty.

Marilyn Monroe was considered zaftig in her time, but she would be considered overweight by today’s standards for actresses and models“.


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Written by Victoria Sheinkin

Victoria Sheinkin is a writer, content editor, translator and chief editor for Speaking three and a half languages, she holds two BAs from the Tel Aviv university- Communication and jounalism, English literature and linguistics.


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