Food Terms That Should Die

Serious Eats has a gripe list of food terms it wants axed in 2010. The biggest offenders among its readers are abbreviated terms such as "sammie" and "rezzie." MattTalksTacos bags on "toothsome," "artisan," and "sourced." Scotter is planning on "pimp-slapping the next person that says 'flavor profile.'" "Flexitarian" is dismissed as a cop-out by arjava: "WTF is that, other than someone who claims to be a vegetarian, but really isn't. I guess it's more PC than saying 'I'd like to seem all trendy and hip, but give me a hamburger and I'm a meat-whore like all the rest of you.'"

One of my favorite Chowhound threads, "Cringe-worthy words in restaurant reviews," deals with this same topic. The highlight, courtesy of BostonCookieMonster:

"Eatery," "boite," and all other smarmy attempts to avoid the word "restaurant."

"Victuals," "viands," "comestibles," and all other smarmy attempts to avoid the word "food."

"Bivalves, "crustaceans," and all other smarmy attempts to avoid the words "mussels," "clams," "shrimp," etc.

"Redolent"

To add some fuel to the fire, here are a few more from the CHOW No List: "vittles," "foodie," "decadent," "sandos," "mouthwatering," "notes of," "whip up," and "luscious." Got any more?

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