If you haven't been proofing layouts lately, this might be an alien term to you. A faux bold is when bolded text in a document appears chunkier than usual. Like Kristie Alley before Jenny Craig. Or Bonnie after one too many chocolate fountains.

Today, I came across a big honkin' faux bold in an urgently needed layout and showed it to my coworker.

"Whoa," he said. "That's really chunky. More than a faux bold."

We both stared at the item in question, and then I started to snicker.

"Yeah," I said. "That's a mo-fo bold!"

And yes, we got in trouble for laughing out loud instead of silently working through the pile of stuff to proof, but it was totally worth it.