Why I Hate the Word TONE
As the phrase goes “you can’t swing a dead cat” without hitting the word “tone” in today’s media.
Get toned in 5 minutes a day!
Tone up on vacation!
Get toned with kettlebells!
From Webster’s dictionary:
Definition of TONE1:vocal or musical sound of a specific quality <spoke in low tones> <masculine tones>; especially: musical sound with respect to timbre and manner of expression2a:a sound of definite pitch and vibration b:whole step3:accent or inflection expressive of a mood or emotion4:the pitch of a word often used to express differences of meaning5:a particular pitch or change of pitch constituting an element in the intonation of a phrase or sentence <high tone> <low tone> <mid tone> <low-rising tone> <falling tone>6:style or manner of expression in speaking or writing <seemed wise to adopt a conciliatory tone>7a (1): color quality or value (2): a tint or shade of color b: the color that appreciably modifies a hue or white or black <gray walls of greenish tone>8: the effect in painting of light and shade together with color9a: the state of a living body or of any of its organs or parts in which the functions are healthy and performed with due vigor b: normal tension or responsiveness to stimuli; specifically:muscular tonus
Examples of TONE
- He replied in a friendly tone.
- They spoke in hushed tones.
- Don’t use that rude tone of voice with me.
- the low tones of an organ
- The speech had religious tones to it.
- The author’s tone shows her attitude toward the subject.
- The professor’s condescending tone irritated some students.
- a bright, dark, or light tone of blue
- the softtones of the painting
Tone (Verb)toned, ton·ingDefinition of TONEtransitive verb12: to give a particular intonation or inflection to
intransitive verb1: to assume a pleasing color quality or tint2
: to blend or harmonize in color
Ok, in all of that do you see one reference to “tone” being used as a verb to describe the shape of a women’s body? No. Not one. In fact, this might just be the Grammar Nazi in me coming out, but if you put any of those definitions in for the sentences you see in any women’s magazine today, they’d at least be laughable, at most, downright confusing:
“Get inflection or pitch in 5 minutes a day!” ”
Ok, now given, there is one:
- It implies to women that they will get “bulky” if they lift anything heavier than 5 lbs less than 12-20 times.
- It keeps women enslaved as cardio bunnies, constantly in a state of disappointment, frustration and a body that won’t change even though they do hours of elliptical work.
- It’s false advertising that perpetuates myths and is misleading.
So ladies, if you come train with me, you won’t “tone up”, because in all honesty there is no such thing. I am also a professional musician and I recognize the first definition as such…if you tell me you want to tone up, I will assume you have bad intonation. There, now we are both confused. 🙂
No, if you train with me, you will gain strength, endurance, you will grow “shape” and maybe a little size, because you know what? When you lose the fat, you have to have SOMETHING to see under it and if you have no size in the first place, you can guarantee you won’t have any to see when you lose fat.
A side note, I would NEVER try to make anyone look like how I want to look, or how I only want them to look. If you want to look a certain way, I respect that and I will do all in my power to get you to that ideal.
But just for the record, I want to look like this; Ms. Erin Stern, courtesy of Flex Magainze:
Or my favorite, Mrs. Monica Brant:
(courtesy of SatioPhotography.net)