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Alternate spelling phat

What do you think about using the alternate spelling phat? It’s sort of a way to reclaim the word. To say that we’re proud, but we’re also independent and reject the years of oppression that we’ve suffered. Just a thought.

If you feel this doesn’t belong on your blog, I completely understand. I was just wondering what you’re opinion is.

Mod response:

I think it’s appropriation of AAVE (African American Vernacular English), from which that spelling comes. Black and/or African American fat people might use it, but I don’t think it’s acceptable for other fat people to do so, especially white fat people.



  1. puddingfountain said: I’m good, I prefer fat, phat makes me seem like I’m hiding from my fatness.
  2. harleyanncarter said: …we do?
  3. flikky said: It’s also been traditionally used in a “you’re an ACCEPTABLE level of chubby, not FAT-FAT” deliberately alienating of anyone over a size 14 kind of way.