Have You Ever Weighed Yourself Soaking Wet?

I think it was while I was watching a rerun of The Office recently when one of the characters (Angela) mentioned that she was 95 pounds soaking wet.

You’ve probably heard that expression before. He/she is X pounds “soaking wet.” I’m sure I’ve said it.

But who in the world is actually weighing themselves soaking wet? When I go to the doctor and they ask me to stand on the scale, they don’t first dunk me in water.

In fact, I can’t think of any circumstance where it would make sense to associate wetness with weight. The expression is essentially saying, “At their heaviest, they weigh X.” But since when is your heaviest weight associated with external moisture?

Rather, I think the following expressions are a better gauge of when we’re at our heaviest:

  • He/she is X pounds after Thanksgiving dinner.
  • He/she is X pounds before taking a huge dump.
  • He/she is X pounds fully clothed.

Wouldn’t those make more sense than “soaking wet?”

PS. I was literally the very last person selected for jury duty, so I will serve on a jury tomorrow. The saga continues…