After several minutes of careful introspection, I think we need to ban the word "lean."
- Lean has so many pejorative connotations, such as how harsh economic downturns are often referred to as "lean times."
- Lean directly correlates to body image, especially among women who starve themselves and/or develop eating disorders to maintain the lean physique that our judgmental society expects.
- Leaning indicates an inclination, but is non-committal. If you're leaning one way, you can just as easily revert to normal perpendicularity and then lean the opposite way, bending to the will of the strongest gust. To lean is to be an equivocal, tentative, unsure, mealy-mouthed, disingenuous, vague, obsequious, ineffectual, servile, little toady.
- Also, lean is often paired with mean, which is not nice.
Join me to #banlean!
(Makes about as much sense, Sheryl.)