“Shirttails,” by Henry Alford. The New Yorker, 12/18 & 25/2017.
I came across “peplum” in The New Yorker’s The Talk Of the Town section, their collection of short pieces of local items that begins each issue. This one was about a Manhattan store that caters to the new men’s style of untucked shirts (they have a website, untuckit.com, that shows their selection of pricey styles).
The author, visiting the store, mentions that a customer was concerned that the style made him look fat, that the style was a male peplum. I reached for my tablet dictionary to look up “peplum.”
A peplum is a short, flared skirt added to a woman’s top, much easier to show than to describe. I assume it is to hide a protruding belly although this model has none. I have seen them for years without knowing their name (or purpose).
In the same section, I came across another word used differently than I had known: Ghosting—The sudden ending of a relationship by cutting off all communication without explanation. (That I would never do! Anyone would assume I had died.)