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Food Words

The Surprising History Behind Some Of Your Favorite Food Words

Libby O’Connell | Posted 01.11.2015 | Books
Libby O’Connell

Good news: you are better at languages than you realize. If you don't believe me, take a look at the foods you regularly encounter or eat. You may or ...

WTF Does 'Humanely Raised' Mean?

The Huffington Post | Alison Spiegel | Posted 10.28.2014 | Taste

If you can explain this term, please share.

Here's What We Can Learn About Language From User-Generated Reviews

Posted 09.16.2014 | Books

Bad reviews display all the linguistic symptoms of minor trauma.

17 Food Words People Spell Wrong All The Time

The Huffington Post | Alison Spiegel | Posted 07.29.2014 | Taste

Dude, it's sherbet.

The Most Pretentious Food Words Of All Time

The Huffington Post | Alison Spiegel | Posted 04.09.2014 | Taste

Warning: be prepared to get angry.

15 Embarrassing Spelling Fails On Menus

Posted 02.24.2014 | Taste

We know, we know, there are a lot of consonants in Fettuccine. But that's no excuse.

10 Common Food Terms That Have Lost All Meaning

The Huffington Post | Carey Polis | Posted 12.02.2013 | Taste

Fancy some sustainable, artisan chicken with a side of seasonal, gourmet greens?

Food Words We Absolutely Despise Hearing

Posted 11.12.2013 | Taste

Please guys, stop describing your food as unctuous or succulent.

13 Food Portmanteaus That Can Go F*** Themselves

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Orchant | Posted 09.11.2013 | Taste

Brunch, you can stay. Linner, get the hell out of here.

WATCH: Food Words You Should Never Use

Posted 09.04.2013 | Taste

Unctuous, succulent, crispy, oh my!

Please, Just Don't Describe Your Steak As Succulent

Posted 10.01.2013 | Taste

Or moist. Or yummy.

Why 'Foodie' Makes Us Cringe

Posted 10.01.2013 | Taste

Whatever you do, just don't say that word. Please.

The Year in Food Words

Josh Friedland | Posted 02.20.2013 | Home
Josh Friedland

foie·kage fee (noun): When California's ban on foie gras took effect this summer ("foiemageddon"), some restaurants protested by using a loophole in the law to charge a fee (akin to a corkage fee for wine) to prepare liver purcahsed in another state. See also: "duckeasies," a spin on prohibition-era speakeasies.

The Oxford Dictionaries Online's New Food Word Additions

Posted 08.08.2012 | Home

If you needed more proof that recent years have seen food culture creep into public consciousness like never before, then just check out Mental Floss ...

Oxford English Dictionary Adds New Food Words

Eater National | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

The Oxford English Dictionary announced today the addition of a bunch of news words — in addition to the initialisms of OMG and LOL — and many are...

8 Food Words Rejected (For Now) By The Oxford English Dictionary

Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Serious Eats' Erin Zimmer pointed out an article from the Telegraph about millions of "non words" rejected by the Oxford University Press as "unsuitab...

National Spelling Bee Food Words | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

The Scripps National Spelling Bee (the finals aired in primetime this past Friday) is some epic word-nerdery, and it's also full of super-obscure and ...