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Fellowship & Fortitude: The Bookclub for Christian Parents (2nd Sunday @6pm)

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Julian Reed
Julian Reed

The Duff

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The Duff

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(This etymology is missing or incomplete. Please add to it, or discuss it at the Etymology scriptorium.)Unknown; the OED states that the phrase was originally Australian. Possibly related to in the pudding club (duff is a type of pudding) and thus related to dough.

Just in case you're out of the loop, The Duff is already being hailed as the next Mean Girls and boasts a superstar cast including Bella Thorne, Mae Whitman, Robbie Amell, and even Ken Jeong. The story itself follows Bianca, a high school senior who learns her classmates secretly call her "the duff" behind her back. If you're unfamiliar with the acronym, it stands for "designated ugly fat friend," AKA the one who evidently makes everyone else in the group look better. Looking to reinvent herself, she calls on an old friend, hoping he'll save her senior year from becoming a total disaster.

But don't worry: The Duff isn't your typical makeover flick. Bianca doesn't take off her glasses and suddenly become a supermodel. The story is about self-acceptance and being comfortable in your own skin. "I think sometimes people are put off by the title because it's a harsh term, but that's not what my intentions were at all," Keplinger tells us. "It's really more about empowerment and being comfortable with who you are and to make it clear that everyone has felt like 'the duff.' This is something we all can relate to, and if we embrace it, then it can't hurt us. The whole message is to unify."

And unify it has. #IAmTheDuff has already started trending on Twitter in celebration of self-acceptance, and even Kylie Jenner was spotted rocking an "I'm somebody's duff" t-shirt. "I loved that she wore it because Kylie's gorgeous, and even gorgeous people have felt like 'the duff' at some point in their lives," the author says.

So where did the story come from? Kody was only 17 years old when she started writing the book after feeling like she could possibly be "the duff" herself. "I was in the second semester of my senior year of high school. This girl was telling a story about her weekend and said she hated it when guys refer to her friend as 'the duff' and told me it meant 'designated ugly fat friend,'" she explains. "I remember thinking, 'I am so 'the duff' of my group.' So I started talking to all my friends about it and they thought they were 'the duff.' It became a thing where we realized all of us were 'the duff' of the group, so I decided to write a book about it." 041b061a72


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