I’ll have the New Subway Fresh Fit Menu, hold the Love Handles

In addition to its corporate positioning as a more health-conscious restaurant, much of Subway‘s rapid growth can be attributed to its somewhat unique business model. Unlike most franchisors, the parent company does not operate any restaurants.

Love handles” is a colloquial or slang term for a layer of fat that is deposited around a person’s midsection, especially visible on the sides over the abdominal external oblique muscle. They are called “love handles” because they provide a soft place to rest one’s hand while one’s arm is around a person, or perhaps because they can serve as places to hold on while in the throes of passion.

Badonkadonk (sometimes pronounced “badunkadunk”) is a slang term for a woman’s buttocks that are voluptuously large and firm. It first appeared in mass media in 2001 in a line by rapper Keith Murray in the song “Fatty Girl”: “You got a badonkadonk, girl, don’t hurt nobody!” Occasionally the term is used pejoratively such as the 2007 award-winning advertisement for Subway in which a woman at a competitor’s restaurant orders “thunder thighs and a badonkadonk butt”.