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Friday, September 24, 2010

Ten Food Words We Loathe

Posted By on Fri, Sep 24, 2010 at 4:31 PM

To paraphrase and remix an old cliché, writing about food is like dancing about architecture, an imprecise practice for which descriptive powers fail most of us. Even if our culinary vocabulary isn't as developed as it could be, we still know that a lot of food terms and slang words are just loathsome. Consider these fine specimens:

1. Nom: We're too old to understand or respect the cult of nom, a piece of slang that makes us feel like an octogenarian curmudgeon. Cookie Monster should not be your leader, folks.

2. Toothsome: What's supposed to be "pleasing to the taste" just sounds like something requiring a series of root canals.

3. Fooshebag: A new amalgamation of foodie and douchebag.

click to enlarge No. 6: "Foam" is for Cancun discos, not dinner. - AL Z./YELP
  • aL Z./Yelp
  • No. 6: "Foam" is for Cancun discos, not dinner.
4. Cloying: This excessively sweet term strictly belongs in Danielle Steel romance novels.

5. Terroir: Oui-oui, you are so Franshh. Not.

6. Foam: Keep your damn foam off our plate.

7. Gastrique: If you weren't born in France, it is a reduction.

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