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May 19, 2013 12:19 PM


I hate that (non) word. it is like fingernails on a blackboard to me. There are so many terms to describe a place that are legitimate words. Does this irritate anyone else.

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  1. Interesting. Never bothered me. To me it's just a synonym for restaurant, and a quick search suggests it has been in use for over 100 years.

    I'm not sure what it takes to be a legitimate word (I don't care how long they're around, "sammie" and "stout" will never seem legitimate to me), but eatery seems okay to me

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    1. re: debbiel

      Sammie irks me no end, but stout? As in Guinness?

      1. re: Jeri L

        Sorry. That was supposed to be stoup, ray's soup/stew word.

        1. re: debbiel

          "That was supposed to be stoup, ray's soup/stew word."

          Agree, especially since it is a "real" word:

          Definition of STOUP
          a : a beverage container (as a glass or tankard)
          b : flagon

          2: a basin for holy water at the entrance of a church

      2. re: debbiel

        > Sammie

        Same with "footie" - is this an English thing?

        1. re: GraydonCarter

          "Same with "footie" - is this an English thing?"

          What is the context?

          1. re: GraydonCarter

            Yep, footy - very common amongst we Britons (not just English). Unfortunately.

              1. re: bcc

                I assume you're making a grammatical correction. In which case, many thanks.

                Of course, this assumes you're right and I'm wrong) -

                1. re: Harters

                  Please take it in good humour! And you are correct in your assumption that I am not one of the Britons. And, by the way, your nitpicker website confirms that a pronoun that is the object of a preposition is in the objective case. And yes, I am a nitpicker.

        2. Absolutely. It disgusts me to hear it and I won't enter any place that calls itself one. I don't know why it happens, but I read an interesting article the other day:

          I also hate any "gastro" words. My daughter refuses to eat "meatloaf" but happily downs the same mixture in the form of "meatballs."

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          1. I think it is a silly word to describe a restaurant. Likewise, I do not care for the term "watering hole" to describe a bar, etc.

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            1. re: jlhinwa

              Just curious...really. But why is it a silly word? ( and not to describe a restaurant really( it's a noun, basically a synonym for restaurant, not an adjective)

              1. re: debbiel

                Good question, as my silly comment was off the cuff and it was more of a reaction than a deep thought, haha.

                I general, I prefer using simple terms to describe things--a place you drink is a bar, a place you eat is a restaurant, a place you shop is a store, a place you get money is a bank, etc.

              2. re: jlhinwa

                And if you're from New Jersey, Bars are called Gin Mills.

                  1. re: Nanzi

                    HA, I've heard that in CT, too--very old-timey and of a certain era (my mom's, for sure).

                1. Why is it a (non)word? It is in the dictionary, so it is a legitimate word. I used to hate "melty" and wondered when that became a word. Well, I looked it up and it became official in 2007.

                  1. Eatery is a handy word to cover a range of places where food is served, not just restaurants but, say, lunch counters, beachfront stands, bars, and more. And all for only six characters. If there's another word that can do so much for so little, I'd be very happy to know about it.

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                    1. re: mbfant

                      There is a similar word in Dutch, eethuis. (Eat or eating house). It is more casual and smaller than a restaurant.

                      What I can't abide is burger chains calling themselves "restaurants".