Nov 24, 2008

Discreetionary: hipon


hipon [HEE·pon] noun 1. a guy with a great body but with an average or unattractive face. example: “Those guys in suits are HOT and definitely not hipon!” —AJ on the KFC Shrimp Surfers TV commercial. etymology: from the Tagalog word for shrimp and from the observation that most people eat the body of the shrimp and not the head.

I can't remember the first time I encountered this term but I immediately understood what it meant. I'm just part of the majority who likes eating the body of shrimp and not the head (a la tempura), so I quickly got the idiom. Surprisingly, I still encounter a comment or two on blog posts that use this term asking what “hipon” means. Also, the term is often used in a derogatory manner.

I don't know of any good opposite term for a guy who has an attractive face with a not-so hot body. One term I've encountered is “lollipop,” but this refers to skinny or very lean cute guys (usually twinks). Do you know of any other such term?

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Mugen wrote on November 26, 2008 at 5:20 PM:

Never did I use the word hipon to describe a fellow PLU.

Vince wrote on November 27, 2008 at 12:53 AM:

Mugen, sadly, I've used it occasionally when talking about guys with friends. But I don't think I'll use it publicly. It is quite derogatory.

Anonymous wrote on December 2, 2008 at 4:52 PM:

I'm not sure how accurate it is, but I asked a friend the same question and I was told the opposite of hipon is crab. Crabs seem to be all face, without body.

Has anyone actually used "crab" to mean this way? I agree, the terms are quite derogatory, but something we have fun using among friends.

Vince wrote on December 8, 2008 at 12:10 AM:

Anon, I've never heard of crab before. I will try to ask my friends. :-)