Was it an advertising person for a cosmetics firm? A plastic surgeon? Who came up with that term?
In reality they are growth marks and we should be proud of them. Every single person has them! Even babies. Why should we look at them with such scorn? We should be proud at how tall we've grown!
Trees have rings and people have growth marks. They should not be bad things. Why do we shy from the natural process of growing and maturing? Sure it can be a scary thing, the actual act of dying for some. We are from a natural world and one of the things that happens is we die. That doesn't mean you have to dread it. Just like growth marks. Everyone has them, why be embarrassed?