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Most overused phrases...

pastry634 Nov 21, 2008 01:06 PM

in food reviews! I stole this post from another food-geared website, and I think its an interesting topic. The examples the original poster gave was "cloying" and "toothsome"...and I completely agree! Expanding upon the original post, what are the most overused phrases, words, or flat out cliche' things in food reviews?

  1. tatamagouche Nov 21, 2008 01:17 PM

    This probably belongs on the Media board; you might want to check out an earlier thread first...


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    1. re: tatamagouche
      James Cristinian Nov 22, 2008 12:46 PM

      This is not something I read often on this board, but I run across it all the time in local and other media... to die for.

    2. Marge Nov 22, 2008 12:52 PM


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      1. re: Marge
        greygarious Nov 23, 2008 07:20 PM

        I'll see your "amazing" and raise you an "awesome". I can't decide which annoys me more. Both are general superlatives with no inherent appicability to food.

        Several days ago I went so far as to search the boards for these and other grating cliches, in contemplation of starting a thread such as this. Then I thought better of it, realizing that the easily amazed will continue to be so.....Here is the tally: delicious - 21,447...tasty - 15,858...amazing - 15,482...awesome - 8,064...yummy - 6,151...yum -4004...delightful - 3432....delectable - 604...luscious - 575...scrumptious - 393...toothsome - 203...ambrosial - 29.

        It is of some small consolation that so far at least, delicious and tasty are used more often than Valleyspeak buzzwords.

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        nkeane Nov 22, 2008 02:54 PM




        flavor explosion

        yummy(biggest; pet peeve! really? you are a paid journalist and you are using the term YUMMY?)

        splurge worthy

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        1. re: nkeane
          pastry634 Nov 22, 2008 04:01 PM

          This is kind of off the topic, but I hate how whenever chefs are asked how they view their cuisine, they now all say something about "striving for freshness." Really? I should hope so!

          1. re: nkeane
            invinotheresverde Nov 23, 2008 11:14 AM

            Nothing is worse than yummy.

            1. re: invinotheresverde
              pastry634 Nov 23, 2008 12:40 PM

              What about "yumm-o!" Rachael Ray style

              1. re: pastry634
                bulavinaka Nov 23, 2008 01:06 PM

                Argh... how about just, "Rachael Ray"?

                1. re: pastry634
                  invinotheresverde Nov 24, 2008 07:03 AM

                  Nails on a chalkboard.

                  I also loathe "appies" and "sammich". Moreso "appies", though. That cutesy shit just drives me nuts.

              2. re: nkeane
                small h Nov 23, 2008 03:14 PM

                Yummy is inexcusable, as is any other word that people should stop using when they turn 6: goodies, deelish, etc.

              3. RShea78 Nov 23, 2008 01:10 PM

                "Patina" Overuse and misuse.

                I recall an article (no longer online) where someone had their copper item completely cleaned and polished then sprayed some clear coat layers to seal the new shine. Author then tried to use patina to describe the new appearance.

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                  RGC1982 Nov 23, 2008 01:11 PM

                  Brighten, as in, add these fresh herbs to "brighten
                  the flavor. How in the world can you brighten a flavor?

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                  1. re: RGC1982
                    Samalcious Nov 23, 2008 02:02 PM


                    1. re: RGC1982
                      small h Nov 23, 2008 03:15 PM

                      Apparently food can be brightened by mint and cilantro. Throw out your fluorescent bulbs and read by the light of your herb garden.

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                      jarona Nov 24, 2008 07:37 AM

                      "flavorful"--the food SHOULD have flavor. Either it has flavor or it is bland. Flavorful is one of those annoying words.
                      "pop". This is a relatively new cliche word. Giada uses it all the time. The only food that should "pop" is popcorn.
                      "yummo" --up there with "delish" and "nutrish". I'm not fond of Ms. Ray's language.

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                      1. re: jarona
                        RShea78 Nov 24, 2008 06:40 PM

                        """flavorful"--the food SHOULD have flavor. Either it has flavor or it is bland. Flavorful is one of those annoying words.""

                        Well, "rich" can be annoying at times too. Especially when used to describe something in a negative reference or like "that was so rich is why I am sick".

                        "Marvelous" Kind of annoying Billy Crystal expression, often used in food. It is even worse if the one saying it gives me a spit shower.

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