What Does "HWP" Stand for in the Personals?

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Looking good, but not overdoing it, is one possible interpretation of the abbreviation "HWP" used in personal ads or in dating chat. Literally standing for "height/weight proportional," using "HWP" in a personal ad lets potential friends know that you are within the normal weight range for your height. It sets you apart from other body types.

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Height/weight proportional indicates that you are within the healthy range for your age and height, setting you apart from the "BBW" -- big, beautiful woman, the "BHM" -- big handsome man, the "BB" -- bodybuilder, or the "P" -- petite person. Using abbreviations conveys a great deal of information in a small space, helping personal ad readers narrow down choices before making contact.

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For Judy Kilpatrick, gardening is the best mental health therapy of all. Combining her interests in both of these fields, Kilpatrick is a professional flower grower and a practicing, licensed mental health therapist. A graduate of East Carolina University, Kilpatrick writes for national and regional publications.

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