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bingo-wing

noun; compounding
the flabby tissue under the tricep muscle that moves when one waves his or her arm
 
The term ‘bingo-wing’ originated from the idea that old women often have flabby arms and when they wave their arms, such as when signaling that they have won bingo, and their arm flab moves in such a way that its moment resembles that of a wing. In this sense, the concept of ‘wing’ is used in a metaphorical sense because an actual wing is not present, but rather it is the motion of the flab that moves in a wing-like way.
Etymology : There are many theories surrounding the origin of ‘bingo’ and its origin still remains quite unclear. Its first recorded use was not until 1936 and was used to refer to the game of chance. It was possibly a novel creation. The etymology of ‘wing’ can be traced to the morpheme ‘wenge’, which comes from Old Norse ‘vængr’ meaning ‘wing of a bird,’ which possibly originated from the Proto Indo-European ‘*we- ‘ meaning ‘blow.’
Source : “Look! I’m getting bingo-wings. I really need to start working out.” (conversation with a friend, October 2008)
Last modified: 5 December 2008


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