Euphemism alert: “active waist”

For one reason or another (possibly the looming of the big five-oh), the normally style-conscious Mr Good Copy, Bad Copy recently became the emergency purchaser of a pair of “active waist” trousers. If you’re unfamiliar with the term, you might well be picturing some high-tech new gym attire that tones your abs as you go about your daily chores.

Large as the market would be for such an item, I’m sorry to say it’s not what my soon-to-be-fifty hubs is the not-so proud possessor of.

For I’m afraid the “active” part of “active waist” takes the form of elastic in lieu of belt loops.

It’s a design feature necessitated by the presence of a distinctly inactive waist, affectionately referred to by Mr and Mrs Good Copy, Bad Copy as “The Beast”.