Scene: this evening in the pub; about half a dozen people, chatting about nothing in particular.
Comment was made about the young (early teenage) daughter of one of them and 3 or 4 of her friends, who were running about on the playing fields opposite the pub wearing themselves out. They could be seen through the window, and someone remarked that although they'd run the perimeter about three times, they'd now paused for a break.

The mother of one of the younger girls said "so they're not as fit as they claim to be, then". Well-meaning middle-aged guy (not me honest) defended said youngsters, saying "well, the two older ones are fit enough" (intending to finish with "they've just started running again").
At "the two older ones are fit enough", the entire group collapsed with loud guffaws. (As they would in these here parts.)

Has that use of "fit" travelled to Leftpondia?

Cheers, Harvey
Canada for 30 years; S England since 1982.
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At "the two older ones are fit enough", the entire group collapsed with loud guffaws. (As they would in these here parts.) Has that use of "fit" travelled to Leftpondia?

Not as far as New England, at any rate. I haven't the slightest idea what meaning the word has in your example above. Why is it funny?
At "the two older ones are fit enough", the entire ... here parts.) Has that use of "fit" travelled to Leftpondia?

Not as far as New England, at any rate. I haven't the slightest idea what meaning the word has in your example above. Why is it funny?

Sorry I should have footnoted it. "Fit" when applied to young women means "sexually desirable".
(Or at least it does here in Hampshire; I assume it's a national usage in the UK, but it could be regional.)

Cheers, Harvey
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On 24 May 2005, nancy13g wrote

Not as far as New England, at any rate. I ... word has in your example above. Why is it funny?

Sorry I should have footnoted it. "Fit" when applied to young women means "sexually desirable". (Or at least it does here in Hampshire; I assume it's a national usage in the UK, but it could be regional.)

It would never occur to me that "fit" could be used to mean "sexually desirable". However, I had no trouble reading your first post on this an knowing exactly what prompted the guffaws. The context made it clear.
Take the sentence "She's very healthy looking." The meaning is obvious and clear. Take that same sentence and surround it in a couple of paragraphs describing the reaction of men looking at women, and the temporary meaning jumps out.
It's a big thing down here for teenagers to hold carwashes in store parking lots where having your car washed is free, but donations to the school band or the drama club or the whatever club are accepted. It's probably the most common fund raising activity by students that we see.
Usually, they'll have a few girls out on the sidewalk waving signs at motorists to attract attention to the event. The girls are invariably in bikinis or some other brief costume. I feel like a dirty old man when I notice, but some of those very young girls are very healthy looking.

Tony Cooper
Orlando FL
It's a big thing down here for teenagers to hold carwashes in store parking lots where having your car washed ... signs at motorists to attract attention to the event. The girls are invariably in bikinis or some other brief costume.

Wow. Back when I were in high school, kids held "bake sales" to raise money for clubs and such.
It's a big thing down here for teenagers to hold ... girls are invariably in bikinis or some other brief costume.

Wow. Back when I were in high school, kids held "bake sales" to raise money for clubs and such.

Yeah, but Tony lives in lap dance country. Being a lap dancer is the dream of many a school girl there.

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"Fit" when applied to young women means "sexually desirable". (Or at least it does here in Hampshire; I assume it's a national usage in the UK, but it could be regional.)

Also heard in West Wiltshire.
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Usually, they'll have a few girls out on the sidewalk waving signs at motorists to attract attention to the event. ... feel like a dirty old man when I notice, but some of those very young girls are very healthy looking.

And even when they're not "very young", one can wind up feeling like a conscript to the dirty-mac brigade.
When I left Canada in 1982, a friend's daughter was about 14 nice kid. 5 years later, a mutual friend visited with a photograph of the other guy accompanied by an absolutely gorgeous creature.

I made some comment, as the fellow in the picture was now divorced and was known for liking younger women, and then discovered that it was his by-now-19-year-old daughter next to him.
Even though this was all understandable, I still felt like a dirty old man. (But gosh, she was fit.)

Cheers, Harvey
Canada for 30 years; S England since 1982.
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Take the sentence "She's very healthy looking." The meaning is obvious and clear. Take that same sentence and surround it in a couple of paragraphs describing the reaction of men looking at women, and the temporary meaning jumps out.

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