Tuesday, November 25, 2008

“Jelly Bellies”

There is an American candy called “jelly beans,” a simple, sugary confection popular at the Easter holiday due to their resemblance to eggs. “Jelly Bellies” are a particular brand of “gourmet jelly beans” popularized by Ronald Reagan during his presidency.

The subject of the “jelly belly” came up in the comment section recently, this time in derogatory reference to my figure. Someone thought that it was important to point out my jelly belly as proof of my prosperity. Well, I happen to be sixty years old, and it happens dear commenter, get over it. If you’re my age, it has happened to you too, if you still eat every day, as sure as you’re born.

I offer this explanation because the term caused some confusion among my Thai readers.

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