Monday, January 10, 2011

Cankles

I went out for a business lunch today hosted by a bloke from Missouri and we got talking about American politics.  Somehow we got onto Bill Clinton and how he seems to believe that he ought to still be President.  I asked him if he thought Hilary would resign as Secretary of State this year and run in the Primaries against Obama.  He thought it unlikely because it would be considered bad form to run against an incumbent.

From there he got onto the fact that Hilary always wears pant suits to hide her cankles.

Now cankles isn't something I am familiar with so I sort of laughed and pretended I knew what he was talking about and first thing I did tonight when I switched this thing on was google it.  So for those as ill informed as I am let me say that the Urban Dictionary defines cankles as -

"The area in affected female legs where the calf meets the foot in an abrupt, nontapering terminus; medical cause: adipose tissue surrounding the soleus tendon, probably congenital, worsened by weight gain and improved in appearance only by boots. From the English "calf" meaning wide portion of the lower leg, and "ankle" meaning slender joint of leg with foot."

So now I find myself wondering if this is a common affliction.  There is a cankle haters group on Facebook and dozens of people called Cankle which I reckon I might consider changing if it was me.  It would be like having a name like Cameltoe or Halitosis, OK for a laugh but you wouldn't want to live with it.  There are youtube videos on how to get rid of cankles and people have even written books on them.  And apparently the fact that Hilary has them is well known to most septics [for non-Aussie readers septic is short for septic tanks which is rhyming slang for yanks).

So is this a major medical issue of the 21st century or is it so 20th century.  That's the problem when you get older like me you miss out on popular culture.

10 comments:

Andrew said...

I have been educated about something I knew nothing about. Not sure that I really know what cankles are about even after reading your explanatory post. I don't think we cankle in Australia.

Looking for Blue Sky said...

Not more things to worry about! *checks ankles for cankles*

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JTS said...

I've never heard this term before either, but I love it... now I know what to call mine! :-))

Loz said...

Andrew, LBS and JTS - gld to see I'm not the only one who didn't know the term

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meleah rebeccah said...

Oh yeah, I know all about cankles! Not that I have them or anything, but one of my friends does. And they do make your legs look odd.

JY said...

I had NO idea Loz! Hmm... But I don't think that's why she ALWAYS wears pantsuits... but anyways...thanks for the education. We really learn something new every day!

River said...

I'm sure most of you have seen women with legs that are the same thickness from knees to feet with no tapering below the calf into the ankle area?
This is what cankles are.
Women with just thick ankles but you can still see the difference between calf and ankle thickness don't have cankles, just thick ankles.

wReggie said...

Guess it is an American thing. Cankles can wreck a career it seems. No one wants their commander having bowling pin legs.