Choosing words

In today’s Zits, Sara disses Jeremy’s body type and Jeremy defensively objects to her word choice:

From NOAD2’s thesaurus under skinny:

his extreme height made him look especially skinny: thin, scrawny, scraggy, bony, angular, rawboned, hollow-cheeked, gaunt, as thin as a rake, skin-and-bones, sticklike, emaciated, waiflike, skeletal, pinched, undernourished, underfed; slim, lean, slender, rangy; lanky, spindly, gangly, gangling, gawky; informal looking like a bag of bones, anorexic; dated spindle-shanked.

No wiry there; instead, the synonyms are heavily negative. But in the other direction, the thesaurus under wiry, we get skinny (among mostly positive synonyms):

a wiry man: sinewy, athletic, strong; lean, spare, thin, stringy, skinny.

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