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Nov 10, 2011 10:39 AM

The word Pedestrian and Food?

Can someone please explain to me why the word pedestrian is used to describe food and where the origin of its usage as a food adjective comes from? Thanks.

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  1. I don't know how or why it originated, but as the word Pedestrian pertains to anything but one who is walking afoot, it just means un-original, run-of-the-mill; nothing special.

    1. I'd imagine it would have something to do with poorer, or 'common' people not being able to afford horses, carriages, etc, in olden times. If common people were pedestrians, plain and unexciting things associated with common people likely had the term applied to them as well.

      1. In food usage, pedestrian = ordinary.

        1. um, it's a joke-- or at least it started out as one. it's from a simpson's episode, when homer stumbles into a food critic job. he's criticized by the editors for his over-effusive raving about every restaurant "nine thumbs up? what the hell is that?" . . . so then he goes the other way and becomes an uber-snob. he describes some of the food at some point as "pedestrian."

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          1. re: soupkitten

            Researched some more. In James Beard "American Cookery" published in 1972. "Roquefort cheese dressing, which can be a delicious item or utterly pedestrian." It is also mentioned in relation to baloney in a 1965 Life Magazine article.

          2. Pedestrian can be used to describe anything that is ordinary. Not just food. Something you might walk past every day of the week. Not special.