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Oct 25, 2010 08:23 PM

Food Terminology that makes you CRAZY!!


I read in another thread that there are certain words that should NEVER BE USED when describing foods. I have to admit there are a few that rile me. I don't know why, but they do.

"Luscious" bugs me.
"Dolloped" is more irritating than that, and
"Piping-hot" makes me want to scream out loud and pull out my hair.


  1. Dollop bugs me, it wouldn't so much but fot the stupid Daisy sour cream TV ad

    Any noun that somebody has turned into a verb. aka has "verbized"

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    1. re: EWSflash

      I know, right? "Mamachef can't come to the phone right now, she's "Jello-ing."

      1. re: mamachef

        LOL- I need to either Jello or sushi, or both...

      2. re: EWSflash

        Hammer, hammered? (though to be picky, 'hammered' is usually used as an adjective. English is rather liberal when it comes to using nouns as verbs.

        1. re: paulj

          I agree completely with that, paulj. There are places where verbinating : ) is appropriate. It's when it's applied too liberally to subjects that really don't lend themselves or gain anything in the translation.

          1. re: mamachef

            I was just talking about food terms y'all, come on!

        2. re: EWSflash

          as a poet, anthimeria (using one part of speech as another), is one of my primary tools.

          1. re: EWSflash

            Isn't "verbized" a noun turned into a verb? :)

            1. re: skaboy

              Oh hell yes, skaboy. Forgot that one. Good call. I'm assuming you mean when someone says that (not RR, or anyone specific : ) as a word, not the initials? Irritating isn't the word.

              1. re: mamachef

                Oh, it's the initials and the R.R. saying them that irritate so profoundly! :)

                1. re: skaboy

                  whats worse is she says it to save time, and then says the full name as well - it's always "EVOO - extra virgin olive oil." If youre going to say the latter part anyway, whats the point in the abbreviation in the 1st place?

                  1. re: thew

                    I save even more time. I call it EE-voo (two syllables rather than four). And I've been doing it for thirty years. However, I don't have a national platform, so no one knows I say it this way.

                    I also prefer the two-syllable-instead-of-four pronunciation of ASAP. It's more ASAP this way.

                    1. re: Jay F

                      I've started using "oo" cause I really don't use anything that isn't "ev."

              2. re: skaboy

                I read that some people refuse to use this acronym.

                1. re: skaboy

                  Throw "sammies" and "stoup" in to that pile. She loves to promote anything symbolizing teenage vernacular.

                    1. re: FoodChic

                      Stoup? Is that supposed to be a cross between a stew and a soup, as though stew weren't already a type of soup? That's just stoupid.

                    2. re: skaboy

                      My first reaction to E.V.O.O. - "Just say olive oil! Extra Virgin is the only one that serious cooks use anyway!" I can't think of any recipe or suggestion that brings up the other lower-grade or chemically treated type.

                      1. re: ediblover

                        that's not true, some people don't want to use their expensive EVOO in certain applications

                        1. re: ediblover

                          The dough calculator on actually specifically states that Extra Virgin olive oil is NOT recommended for making pizza dough.

                          I've no idea why. They're very . . . precise . . . about their pizza dough recipes over there. Down to the hundredths of a gram ! O.o

                          The calculator:


                      2. sit me down in front of standard Food Network programming for a few minutes and i'm sure i could come up with a looong list...of course the majority of them would come from 30-Minute Meals.

                        but some others that come to mind:
                        - nummy, nom, or any variation thereof
                        - "cooked to perfection"
                        - foam
                        - scrummy
                        - natural (as a selling point)
                        - "tasting" when used as a verb applied to the actual food, like when an obnoxious server asks you "How's everything tasting?"

                        oh, and LOL @Jello-ing :)

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                        1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                          How's everything tasting? For real a server asked you that?
                          I'm trying to think of a humorous reply: "Well, why don't you ask the food?"
                          But that would give me away as a closet beeeeyatch.

                          1. re: mamachef

                            "For real a server asked you that?"
                            it's actually disturbingly common...


                          2. re: goodhealthgourmet

                            "How's everything tasting" ... you could bite him on the arm and say "It tastes like crap!"

                            1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                              the word "foam" bothers you? what's wrong with the word foam?

                              1. re: thew

                                it only bothers me when it applies to food. most of the time culinary foam resembles saliva much too closely to be even remotely when i hear "foam" in relation to a dish, it makes me thing someone spit on it.

                                1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                  but it isn;t the terminology that's at fault, it's your feelings about foam. that's a different discussion, no?

                                  1. re: thew

                                    it's the image the terminology conjures up for me...which could be said about many of the words mentioned here by others, such as crusty or chunky...

                                    1. re: thew

                                      reminds me of the person on another thread who thought the words 'squirt', 'creamy' and 'goodness' should never be used related to food.

                                      transfer much? '-P

                                2. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                  Esp. that first one. I'm NOT 3 y.o. any more.

                                3. Overuse of the phrases "going to be" and "a little" by servers has been bugging me lately. As in, "Our special tonight is going to be a little house-made duck confit with a little lemon zest. That's going to be served with a little balsamic reduction over a little polenta that's going to be whipped with a nice little gorgonzola."

                                  1. Sammie. Sandwich is a perfectly good word that also has two syllables and is only 2 letters longer. Delish - same concept. Rezzy. I guess the theme here is neologisms that don't actually add anything new.

                                    And I'm with you on "piping hot" especially.

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                                    1. re: cookie monster

                                      I have to plead "guilty" on the useage of sammies. I actually never used it until I saw a comedian do a shtick about pulling up to a fast food restaurant and being asked, what kind of sammidge do you want? and she pulled up to the window and said, thank you for the sammidge, amfinny.

                                      1. re: mamachef

                                        Sammie, agreed. It just sounds dumb to me.

                                        1. re: virtualguthrie

                                          Dumb. Childish. Fey. Can't stand it.

                                          Also not crazy about "resto" for "restaurant". Even less crazy about "reco for a resto." Just stupid.

                                          1. re: jmckee

                                            I write "rec" cause it's short but I don't say it.

                                            1. re: jmckee

                                              I second "resto" for "restaurant". That really bugs me.

                                              1. re: woodleyparkhound

                                                that's what the French say for restaurant. so, i like it.

                                        2. re: cookie monster

                                          Sammie, resy, brekkie, yummy. Ugh. Any word that people older than three ought not to use.

                                          1. re: small h

                                            Thank you. Brekky is the worst, followed by rez or rezzy or anything of the kind. NO MORE BABY TALK.

                                            1. re: Frosty Melon

                                              I can't prove it, but I believe that it's mostly women who use these terms. And there's something about a grown woman acting like an infant that I find very off-putting. It makes the rest of us grown women look bad. Maybe I think about this too much.

                                              1. re: small h

                                                Actually, I first heard both brekkie and rezzy from guys.

                                                1. re: tatamagouche

                                                  Appreciate the intel. I will add that to my knowledge base.

                                                  1. re: small h

                                                    Ha. Yes, PLEASE MAKE A NOTE OF IT. Very important.

                                                  2. re: tatamagouche

                                                    "Brekkie" or "Brekkers' is a commonly used term in the British Isles for the first meal of the day, breaking the involuntary fast of sleep, said by both hungry male and female breakfast seekers.

                                                    Brekkers sounds somewhat better than brekkie to my ear, not "quite" as silly.

                                                    1. re: bushwickgirl

                                                      "Brekkie" is, indeed, a commonly used abbreviation in the UK. It is, of course as Bushwickg suggests, silly.

                                                      And we often abbreviate names ending them with "ers", as a casual, blokey sort of nickname - see name of this poster, by way of perfect example.

                                                  3. re: small h

                                                    DH is a bald 63 year old New Yorker who says brekky. If I look at him funny, he stops.

                                                    1. re: jmcarthur8

                                                      More evidence that I am wrong! I cannot recall ever hearing a guy say brekkie. Probably because I give off an "I will look at you funny" vibe.

                                                  4. re: Frosty Melon

                                                    In other English-speaking countries (especially Australia), it's common to abbreviate words that way, hence 'telly', 'footy', and so on. In Strine, McDonald's becomes something like 'Macca's'.

                                                    That being said, Americans definitely seem to do this out of a desire to sound cute when writing rather than a desire to economize one's syllables when speaking. Oh well.

                                                    1. re: Frosty Melon

                                                      rez is baby talk? who woulda thunk.


                                                      (oops, better change my diaper)

                                                      1. re: linguafood

                                                        Shh, don't tell the hospitality industry.

                                                    2. re: small h

                                                      Could not agree more on the baby-talk. Hate it. Saying "sammie" doesn't even save one a syllable over "sandwich". What's really bad is that it is starting to appear on menus, and I refuse to say it.