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Word: Hot Mess

From humble grub to humblebrag. Words by Pip Usher. Photograph by Annemarieke van Drimmelen.

Etymology: First coined to describe a hot meal, the term’s sloppy connotations quickly morphed from food-related to figurative when it came to reference a chaotic yet appealing individual.

Meaning: Stand-up comedian Amy Schumer has amassed a multimillion-dollar fortune through being a hot mess. Her ribald humor—which riffs on binge-drinking, body parts and bad sex—has established this identity as her shtick, so much so that billboards advertising her show, Inside Amy Schumer, were branded with the phrase.

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This story is from Kinfolk Issue Thirty-Seven

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