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tanorexic

adjective; blending
a condition that typically plagues younger, teenage girls in which they become obsessed with both tanning and carefully watching their diet to the extent that they develop anorexia nervosa.
 
This term is a blending of the words 'tan' and 'anorexic'. Due to the fact that tan ends with -an and anorexic starts with an-, tanorexic is an ambiguously blended word in which it is unclear where tan stops and anorexic begins. Due to the current state of popular culture in America in which high school girls typically perpetuate the stereotype that goes along with the negative connotations that the term 'tanorexic' carries, the word is reserved is usually used in reference to American high school girls. The term is also primarily used in the high school American subculture by both adolescent boys and girls.
Etymology : Formed from blending the words 'tan' and 'anorexic'
Source : My younger brother talking about a girl at his high school (November 21, 2008). Quote: "Have you seen Jane lately? She's so tanorexic, her skin is orange and I bet she doesn't even weigh 100 pounds!"
Last modified: 3 December 2008


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