Vocabulary: Dad Jokes and Mom Jeans

(Vocabulary postings are words or phrases I recently came across in reading, did not fully understand, looked up, and discovered something new.)

A dad joke is a weak, corny joke, typically a pun, that a dad would tell to his children. Not a complement. None of your jokes should be labeled “dad jokes.” A typical reaction is not a laugh, but an eye-roll, or at best, a groan.

Just what are mom jeans? They are a high-wasted, roomy jeans, comfortable but unflattering, preferred by moms in the 1980s. The term became popular in 2003 from a fictitious brand featured on a TV Saturday Night Live skit which used the tagline “For this Mother’s Day, don’t give Mom that bottle of perfume. Give her something that says, ‘I’m not a woman anymore . . . I’m a mom!’” (written by Tina Fey).

It is a pejorative term, but many women prefer the roomy fit and look of mom jeans, rather than the skin-tight, low-cut styles worn by teenaged girls.



About Roger Walck

My reasons for writing this blog are spelled out in the posting of 10/1/2012, Montaigne's Essays. They are probably not what you think.
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