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Definition: excessive accumulation of fat on and about the buttocks.

Pronunciation: STA-to-pe-ji-a


This lovely word comes to us from the Greek stear meaning fat, and pyge meaning buttocks.

Why this word?

A widely quoted 1822 account reads that steatopygia is an “abnormal accumulation of fat on the buttocks of certain races”. Wikipedia reads that “Steatopygia is a genetic characteristic of the Khoisan and the Bantu peoples. […] especially prevalent in women, but also occurs to a lesser degree in men…”.

I chose this word for today because it is highly unlikely to believe that the ancient Greeks were aware of the Khoisan and the Bantu peoples; I really do think that when they came up with this word, all they had in mind is women’s larger buttocks. I do.

So why did I chose this word? Well, A, it’s a good word for women over 25 to know. Why over 25? Because that is when the slow deterioration starts. At first you can’t really see it; by 27 you start observing the fact that your body is not exactly what it used to be. By 30, many of us are already steatopygic, which by the way, is the relevant adjective.

How to use the word steatopygia in a sentence?

I find the adjective to be more easily used, but the noun works as well.

Adjective: “I can’t believe I got so steatopygic lately…”

Noun: “Look at her amazing behind! Steatopygia is my favorite quality in a woman!”


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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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