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38 Ways to Say Buttocks, by Theresa Elliott

Post #5 in The Elliott Lexicon of Satisfactory Yoga Terminology
January, 2015

I would love to know how many times I have used the word “buttocks” while teaching in the last 27 years. Of all the words there are for this much sought after and innately happy part of the human body, there is no word that strips it of all its callipygian goodness like the word “buttocks”. Maybe that’s why the Iyengar’s used it, and definitely where I picked it up, until I decided I didn’t want to sound like an English schoolmarm anymore. Thinking about it, the word must have been a particularly odd juxtaposition to my spandex yoga attire.

With the help of my students, we created a list (see photo) of all the words for this body part I will call the “rump,” a word that does the buttocks justice. It sounds like what it is: good natured fun with a bit of mischievousness, and “rump” can be used in almost any situation. At the beginning of class, I often take suggestions as to which rump-word to use, and then it’s my job to employ that variation for the duration.

For example:
“Inhale, exhale, think deep and happy thoughts while contracting the “tuckas” to come
into Virabhadrasana II.”

“As you prepare for Bhujangasana, reach back and feel your “money-maker.” It should
be like Jello at this point”.

I know, Jello and any word for rump should never be in the same sentence.

I have learned some terrific words for the rump, including “badonkadonk,” the only four syllable word I have encountered for this body part, and it’s also “lots of good fun that is funny”* saying it in class. I also learned recently that a “badonkadonk” more specifically is a particularly nice “bohonkus.”

The anatomical name that is most commonly used for the rump is gluteus or “glutes” for short. There are actually three glutes: the gluteus minimus, the gluteus medius, and the gluteus maximus, which I refer to as the SUV. Like the large truck-vehicles driven by people who reason they feel safer in them, there is a misguided notion amongst students that leads them to overwork their gluteus maximus, thinking this large muscle makes them safe. However, like its four wheeled cousin, the gluteus maximus is big and bulky, not very adroit, and is often a less optimal choice than something smaller that posses more finesse and maneuverability.

As an interesting side bar, although the gluteus maximus is often used too soon and too much in back bending and low back rehab, it is often not used enough, if at all in forward bending, breaking the cardinal rule of the eccentric contraction in yoga.

I take the rump very seriously. Seriously. See “Tone in the Tush” for further thoughts on rump functionality.

Do you have a favorite, printable word for the rump not listed in the photo? I’d love to know it.

*Dr Seuss, “The Cat in the Hat”

Copyright Theresa Elliott, 2015


Other entries in The Elliott Lexicon of Satisfactory Yoga Terminology:

Tone in the Tush

Wide Brain and Poodles

The Unicorn

The Elephant Graveyard



Posted on Thursday, January 8th, 2015
by Stretch

12 Responses

  1. Shelly Ottem January 9, 2015 at 1:40 am

    Great post! All of the elementary teachers out there know this region as one’s “pockets”. Would not be the most literal or obvious in the yoga studio…

    • admin January 12, 2015 at 9:51 pm

      Hi Shelly!. Hmmm, one’s pockets. Can you use it in a sentence?

  2. Colleen Gray January 9, 2015 at 8:22 pm

    Ooooh!! Can I play? Some of these I might have made up but they are readily apparent—as is that part of the body.

    rump roast
    juicy double

    Jane Fonda ain’t got a motor in the back of her Honda

    • admin January 12, 2015 at 9:53 pm

      Hi Colleen. Ya, a bunch of these are on the list, but a few are not. I’ll have to try juicy double in class and see how that goes!-T

  3. Isabel January 15, 2015 at 9:53 pm

    Pitooty. You have really been a pain in the pitooty.

    • admin January 17, 2015 at 7:53 am

      Hi Isabel. Yes, I have it on the list as pattuti. I googled it to see if there was a recognized spelling, and turns out there is. It’s patootie.

  4. Colleen Gray January 17, 2015 at 8:52 am

    Laffy Taffy
    Fart Box — Can’t wait to hear you use that one.

  5. Lianne March 22, 2015 at 9:11 pm

    In Canada there are two main slang words – bum, which I see on your list, is the English, and fesses is the French.

  6. Cordula sizemore March 24, 2015 at 5:41 am

    My teacher called them Ben and Jerry the other day.

  7. Teena Giulio April 13, 2017 at 6:08 am

    Fart Box. Bahahahahaha!
    Would that also be Gas Can?…

  8. Jane June 11, 2017 at 4:02 pm

    Doesn’t Anne Lamott call her rump, “The Aunties”? Also, when my girls were little, they named their rumps — one was “Pete” and the other was “Isabella Chandelier.” Mine is “Sylvia.”

  9. Pamela Faith February 5, 2019 at 7:23 pm

    ********realestate. I live in Colorado so I say, “move your valuable Colorado realestate out of the way of you sit bones”

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