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Be careful not to confuse “all round,” i.e., no hyphen, with “all-round,” i.e. with a hyphen. The latter was the previous entry in The Words Project. For the benefit of those of you who are too damn lazy to look down one entry to see what was said about “all-round,” suffice it to say that all-round is an adjective used to describe someone who is so obese that there is nothing that even vaguely resembles a straight line on his or her body.

All round, on the other hand, refers to a club or association that includes only members who have a generally more rounded shape than the healthiest of body types. Slim people need not apply. And anorexics are generally not allowed within five miles (8.04672 kilometres) of an all round club’s or association’s facilities.

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