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Candy 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.

  1. Gastronomos Jun 5, 2013 10:48 AM

    got a place that I don't care for so much I call an “eatery”. it's a steam table place with wait 'service'. the ready-made food is on steam tables in the front as you walk in. they choose to call it a restaurant to differentiate from a tavern because this isn’t a “Bar & Grill”, it’s a steam table place with "wait service" that has no bar, but serves alcohol, mostly cheap wine and beer bottles. unlike a local bar/tavern that might have a lunch steam table with trays and high school cafeteria style ‘service’. So I laugh at the taxi drivers running in and getting their quick fix from the ready-made steam table fare at their ‘restaurant’ as I watch the “eatery” do a brisk business.

    1. Firegoat Jun 3, 2013 08:10 AM

      Looks like France wants to draw a line between "restaurant" and "eateries" now.
      http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddri...

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        lemons Jun 2, 2013 07:54 AM

        I've spoken on CH before about a soft-bound cookbook from the late Sixties or so called The Impoverished Students Book fo Cookery, Drinkery and Housekeepery. Fits right in...

        1. grampart Jun 2, 2013 06:04 AM

          There's this. Somewhat irritating.

           
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            kattyeyes Jun 2, 2013 06:12 AM

            I had to google:
            http://www.pvpeteatery.com/

            Nice concept. Poorly named, I'd say.

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              Firegoat Jun 2, 2013 06:23 AM

              How about a Haute Doggery?
              http://atlanta.eater.com/archives/201...

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                PotatoHouse Jun 2, 2013 06:30 AM

                If they don't show sports on at least two screens they shouldn't be serving hotdogs. Too hoity toity.

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                  Firegoat Jun 2, 2013 06:43 AM

                  The Hoity Toitery -- the tea room for the 2013s

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                    kattyeyes Jun 2, 2013 07:46 AM

                    I call pish-poshery! They're "working on working on a boozy soft-serve ice cream." Sounds pretty real (and really delicious) to me!

            2. Tripeler May 31, 2013 08:22 PM

              While I can feel your pain, Candy, I find absolutely nothing wrong with the expression "eatery." Yeah, some words rub me the wrong way, too. But eatery isn't one of them.

              1. GraydonCarter May 31, 2013 12:46 PM

                There is an obsolete word "Catery" that means "The place where provisions are deposited."

                The caterer stores his provisions in the catery.

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                  kattyeyes May 31, 2013 01:14 PM

                  Then there is cattery--an establishment for the breeding and boarding of cats! ;)

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                    Firegoat May 31, 2013 01:51 PM

                    Not to be confused with a cathouse

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                      kattyeyes May 31, 2013 04:10 PM

                      Truly! Better stick to these "ery" variations instead. ;)

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                      Firegoat Jun 1, 2013 06:12 AM

                      Heavens! Now there is a Kittery! Who knows what happens there!

                      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/901734

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                        Gio Jun 2, 2013 05:19 AM

                        Actually the town of Kittery is in Maine...
                        http://www.kitteryme.gov/pages/index

                  2. grampart May 30, 2013 10:58 AM

                    First off, eatery is a legitimate word which has been in use for over a hundred years, but that's neither here nor there. The real question is why not call it what you want providing "GOOD EATS" appears prominently on the signage.

                    1. TroyTempest May 30, 2013 10:30 AM

                      How about foodie depot?

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                        Fydeaux May 29, 2013 06:12 AM

                        This does not bother me at all. I suppose it might if it was said in a context that I were to find annoying, but I dont think I could give you an example of what that might be.

                        I know that I DO find incredibly irritating is hearing anyone over the age of five say 'Ewww!'. And 'Sammies'. And 'Veggies'. And 'protein' as a way of describing meat or fish or whatever outside of the context of an article on nutrition.

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                          mbfant May 30, 2013 01:17 AM

                          Agree!!!

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                            bcc May 30, 2013 02:58 AM

                            And "rezzies" for reservations.

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                              lagatta Jun 2, 2013 06:05 PM

                              The "Rez" means the Reservation (US) or the Reserve (Canada), but that is for First Nations, not restaurants.

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                                Fydeaux Jun 3, 2013 07:34 AM

                                True enough, but 'rezzie' is also commonly used to mean 'reservations' [as in 'dinner reservations'] by people either too precious or too lazy to say the whole word.

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                                  lagatta Jun 3, 2013 02:13 PM

                                  I've never heard that here (Montréal), among people speaking English, that is.

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                                    bcc Jun 3, 2013 03:00 PM

                                    Well, you'll find it on these boards, if you read enough posts.

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                            hyacinthgirl Jun 3, 2013 11:17 AM

                            So this would just drive you nuts, then?

                             
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                              kattyeyes Jun 3, 2013 11:38 AM

                              HA HA, who is that? :)

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                                hyacinthgirl Jun 3, 2013 11:39 AM

                                Comedian Aziz Ansari's character on Parks and Rec.

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                                Fydeaux Jun 4, 2013 05:59 AM

                                I've never seen the show. But if this were to heard in real life, yes, you are correct.

                            2. Steve Green May 24, 2013 10:47 AM

                              To me, it's the whole "-ery" thing (some already mentioned):
                              bagelry, cupcakery, drinkery, steakery, etc. I've seen many more over the years but can't think of them offhand.

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                                enbell May 24, 2013 08:24 PM

                                Isn't there a restaurant in SD called Linkery?

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                                  Tripeler May 24, 2013 09:50 PM

                                  Yes, and a friend who used to live in La Jolla called it the Missing LInkery.

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                                JulesNoctambule May 24, 2013 10:27 AM

                                I'll take people referring to a restaurant as an 'eatery' over referring to one as a 'concept'.

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                                  Firegoat May 24, 2013 10:39 AM

                                  No no! Mine's a "pop up!"

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                                    hyacinthgirl Jun 3, 2013 11:15 AM

                                    Oh I like "pop up" because it conveys that it will only be there for a short time.

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                                  sueatmo May 23, 2013 09:12 PM

                                  Nope. If it communicates, I don't have a problem.

                                  English is very dynamic. It changes all the time.

                                  1. jrvedivici May 21, 2013 10:44 AM

                                    Since this topic keeps poppin up to the top of this board, I'll tell you mine.......smidge or smidgen. What the hell is that?

                                    No, I won't give you a smidgen of something.......you can have a pinch or a dash or a small bite but not a smidgen....what is a smidgen? Perhap's it has something to do with my fear of little people, but smidge/smidgen just pisses me off. There I said it.

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                                      mbfant May 21, 2013 11:27 PM

                                      Julia Child always used to call for a "smidge" of this or that on her television show, and, as far as I'm concerned, she owns it in perpetuity. "Smidgen," on the other hand, is standard English for a tiny amount.

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                                        tcamp May 30, 2013 11:02 AM

                                        I was once given a set of measuring spoons with smidge, pinch, and several other nonsensical units of measure. So I guess someone thought to quantify smidge.

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                                          jrvedivici May 30, 2013 01:26 PM

                                          K, then please share with us, which is larger, a smidge or a pinch?

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                                            Harters May 31, 2013 01:25 AM

                                            A smidge is generally accepted as being larger than a pinch, but not as large as a smadge.

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                                          Gio May 30, 2013 01:34 PM

                                          A smidgeon is "anything between 1/25th and 1/48th of a teaspoon may be found, 1/32nd being perhaps the most commonly used."
                                          http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/smidgen

                                          David Lebovitz, former chef/baker at Chez Panisse, says a smidgeon is any tiny amount you want it to be.

                                        3. PotatoHouse May 21, 2013 05:52 AM

                                          I HATE it when people screw up common sayings. #1 on my list is when they say "I could care less". The saying is "I COULDN'T care less"!!! GET IT RIGHT PEOPLE!!

                                          1. Samalicious May 21, 2013 03:15 AM

                                            Cupcakery. Now I am going to go wash my eyes out with soap for typing it.

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                                              cheesemonger May 20, 2013 02:18 PM

                                              How do you feel about a "drinkery". I did not make this up.

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                                                TroyTempest May 30, 2013 10:48 AM

                                                Hmm,
                                                Thinking on your post cheesemonger.
                                                Some words similar to eatery and drinkery (in that the verb that describes what the patron does there becomes part of the word) would be:
                                                Bar = drinkery (as you said)
                                                cigar bar = smokery
                                                store = shoppery
                                                office = workery
                                                school = learnery
                                                library = readery
                                                gym = exercisery
                                                highway = drivery
                                                concert = listenery
                                                church = prayerery
                                                dr. office = healery
                                                hotel = sleepery or sleeparoundery or ?

                                                Bakery, distillery, cannery, wouldn't necessarily fit because the baking is being done by those that own the place, not the customers. Same for butchery. Hatchery, I don't know. Distillery, i guess might if customers brought in their stuff to be distilled.

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                                                  Firegoat May 30, 2013 10:56 AM

                                                  How about a nunnery?

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                                                    TroyTempest May 30, 2013 10:59 AM

                                                    I guess so, because there is some nunning going on there.
                                                    Also,
                                                    sauna = sweatery

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                                                      Firegoat May 30, 2013 11:04 AM

                                                      So a "foodery" would be fine, but an "eatery" would be inappropriate?

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                                                        TroyTempest May 30, 2013 11:19 AM

                                                        I am not going to get into what is appropriate vs, what's not appropriate. I could care less. I was just pointing out the peculiar nature of the word "eatery". There are very few words like "eatery" in which the activity (verb) that a patron does there gets "ery" added to it to make it a noun, so i made up some to illustrate.
                                                        Here's some more:
                                                        restroom = pi$$ery
                                                        What about my kitchen? If i'm cooking in it, it might be a cookery to me, but if you are eating at my kitchen table, then it is an eatery to you.

                                                        1. re: TroyTempest
                                                          Firegoat May 30, 2013 11:22 AM

                                                          I want mine to be a commisary

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                                                            ttoommyy May 30, 2013 01:30 PM

                                                            I think this whole subject is just a lot of tom foolery! :)

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                                                          kattyeyes May 30, 2013 11:07 AM

                                                          I think we should have a nuttery to sequester those annoyed by words. LOL! ;) I hope mine has a waterfront view.

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                                                            PotatoHouse May 30, 2013 03:18 PM

                                                            "Get thee to a nunnery"

                                                    2. Firegoat May 20, 2013 01:57 PM

                                                      So how do you feel about a bakery?

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                                                        mbfant May 20, 2013 10:42 PM

                                                        Good one. And buttery. And creamery.

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                                                          debbiel May 21, 2013 02:46 AM

                                                          And winery?

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                                                            ttoommyy May 21, 2013 07:39 AM

                                                            And distillery.
                                                            And cannery.
                                                            And butchery
                                                            And confectionery
                                                            And fishery.
                                                            And grocery.
                                                            And hatchery.
                                                            And spicery.

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                                                              mbfant May 21, 2013 09:16 AM

                                                              So what's wrong with eatery?

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                                                                ttoommyy May 21, 2013 09:28 AM

                                                                "So what's wrong with eatery?"

                                                                Maybe the OP thinks it's too generic? Or associates it with diner-type places?

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                                                                  HillJ May 21, 2013 10:21 AM

                                                                  I'm convinced it's the words that end in Y or Y sound thing....
                                                                  too cutesy (oh there's another) for some people.

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                                                                    ttoommyy May 21, 2013 10:37 AM

                                                                    I understand things like "sammie" and "veggie" which are shortened, "cutesy" versions of larger words being disliked; but as for "eatery," I just don't get it. It's a perfectly valid word.

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                                                                      HillJ May 21, 2013 10:56 AM

                                                                      Which is what I said up thread too. I don't get it myself but there's appears to be some correlation for other people who are annoyed by words ending in Y or Y sounds.

                                                                      How much energy do I give this in my own speech... None-sie.

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                                                                        chowser May 30, 2013 02:43 PM

                                                                        Maybe we could change it to -ie endings to make it more upscale like fromagerie. Eaterie, or even Mangerie.

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                                                                          mcf Jun 2, 2013 07:57 AM

                                                                          Only if you put "La" in front.

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                                                                            chowser Jun 2, 2013 11:46 AM

                                                                            Yes, la mangerie. Although that could almost seem religious. Is that where Jesus lay?

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                                                                            ttoommyy Jun 2, 2013 01:33 PM

                                                                            Many, many years ago at an arthouse movie theater in NYC, a very pretentious young man was showing his friends what was available to eat. Upstairs they had healthful snacks like granola, fruit juices, etc. Downstairs, the conventional movie theater candy, popcorn and the like were available, which he announced to his friends as being "non-herbal sweeties." To this day, my friends and I use that term, jokingly of course!

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                                                                              chowser Jun 2, 2013 03:27 PM

                                                                              That's so funny. I could see my friends and I calling each other that--non-herbal sweeties (carnivores) and herbal sweeties (vegetarians).

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                                                                                ttoommyy Jun 2, 2013 06:44 PM

                                                                                Ha! Think of me when you do! :)

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                                                                              lagatta Jun 2, 2013 01:47 PM

                                                                              mangerie is an actual (rather archaic) French word, meaning eating a lot, binging on food. Like beuverie is a drinking binge. Hardly upscale!

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                                                                      westsidegal May 27, 2013 11:22 PM

                                                                      and bakery

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                                                                        kattyeyes May 30, 2013 07:04 AM

                                                                        We have a fruitery in town--been here forever. I personally dig the word fruitery. Fruitery. Fruitery. Fruitery. Oh, and don't touch the fruit in the fruitery, they will select it FOR you. :)
                                                                        http://middletown-ct.patch.com/listin...

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                                                                          HillJ May 30, 2013 07:20 AM

                                                                          I think any market willing to find the perfect produce for its customers has earned the word: fruitery!

                                                                          I've never seen that word before

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                                                                            lagatta Jun 2, 2013 01:48 PM

                                                                            fruiterie is French for greengrocer's, fruit and vegetable shop.

                                                                          2. re: ttoommyy
                                                                            Gio May 30, 2013 01:40 PM

                                                                            In the UK cookbooks are called cookery books.
                                                                            http://www.amazon.co.uk/Essential-Coo...

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                                                                              ttoommyy May 30, 2013 01:44 PM

                                                                              "Cooking" on the whole is "cookery" in the UK. Someone correct me if I am wrong, even a kitchen can be referred to as a "cookery."

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                                                                                Harters May 31, 2013 01:23 AM

                                                                                I have never heard of a kitchen being called a cookery. Perhaps in historical times?

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                                                                                  ttoommyy May 31, 2013 03:44 AM

                                                                                  Could be. I seemed to remember it being used in that way, so I went to the dictionary and it was listed as the second definition of the word.

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                                                                                  Gio Jun 3, 2013 11:01 AM

                                                                                  I have recently been made aware of the existence of a old magazine called, "American Cookery." Here's a photo of the 1933 edition...

                                                                                   
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                                                                                  Tripeler May 31, 2013 08:24 PM

                                                                                  So maybe CH would be an eatery site.

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                                                                                    chowser Jun 1, 2013 08:59 AM

                                                                                    And NAF board is the tippery board...;-)

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                                                                                      hyacinthgirl Jun 3, 2013 11:14 AM

                                                                                      Not a board so much as a tippery slope.

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                                                                                        chowser Jun 3, 2013 11:51 AM

                                                                                        LOL!

                                                                        2. EM23 May 20, 2013 01:37 PM

                                                                          Is it when a restaurant names itself an “eatery” that bothers you, or when someone refers to it as such? It’s not a word that I use myself, but it doesn’t really bother me.
                                                                          We passed a new restaurant that calls itself a “dining den” the other day, while trying to find a spot for dinner. It sent my two aunties into peals of laughter, and made for some fun dinner conversation.

                                                                          1. ttoommyy May 20, 2013 01:01 PM

                                                                            I have to admit, many, many, many things in life easily irritate me (especially as I get older) but I love any and all words. Made up, antiquated, borrowed from another language, whatever. They're all good. Now, misuse them or spell them wrong, that's another story.

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                                                                              jrvedivici May 20, 2013 01:30 PM

                                                                              If I make up a word, how do you know if I misuse or spell it?

                                                                              ** For all in tents and porpoises, of course.

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                                                                                ttoommyy May 20, 2013 01:50 PM

                                                                                Well, that's an exception of course. Hey, I just write stuff here, I don't actually think about the words I'm using and what they mean! :)

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                                                                                  NonnieMuss May 28, 2013 07:51 AM

                                                                                  I think you meant "intensive porpoises". Sheesh.

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                                                                                    jrvedivici May 28, 2013 01:13 PM

                                                                                    Eggsactly

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                                                                                    mcf Jun 2, 2013 07:57 AM

                                                                                    For all intensive purposes, silly!

                                                                                    It's a doggy dog world out here.

                                                                                    Low and behold (makes me think of cows)

                                                                                    Now I've gone and put you through the ringer.

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                                                                                  Harters May 20, 2013 12:37 PM

                                                                                  I think it says a lot about a place if it describes itself as an eatery - none of it good.

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                                                                                    LeoLioness May 20, 2013 11:47 AM

                                                                                    It bugs me too, for no real reason. Ditto "que" instead of barbeque, "ethnic" to describe anything that American/Western European and "joints" to describe a casual place.

                                                                                    I remember reading once that Graydon Carter banned the word "eatery" from Vanity Fair.

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                                                                                      ttoommyy May 20, 2013 11:51 AM

                                                                                      "Ditto "que" instead of barbeque,"

                                                                                      Que? I've heard and seen "cue" but never "que."

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                                                                                        LeoLioness May 20, 2013 12:02 PM

                                                                                        Either. Both. NO!

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                                                                                        mbfant May 20, 2013 12:43 PM

                                                                                        I would ban "barbeque" in favor of the phonetically correct barbecue. I can't help reading "barbeque" as "barbeck" -- sort of like berry-boned for beribboned.

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                                                                                          KaimukiMan May 24, 2013 11:53 AM

                                                                                          but what about BBQ or its variations?

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                                                                                            mbfant May 25, 2013 01:16 AM

                                                                                            variations? I am not so hard-hearted that I would ban BBQ. But I would keep it in informal contexts.

                                                                                      3. HillJ May 20, 2013 03:40 AM

                                                                                        Q: Is it something about words that end in "Y" or the "Y" sound that's the problem?

                                                                                        I've seen a few threads about words that don't catch much love when used...personally, I don't get it. Perhaps certain words are more catchy but words that irritate? People irritate, words suffer for it.

                                                                                        I grant you eatery doesn't roll off the tongue...but what can you do...just don't use it in a sentence :)

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                                                                                          jrvedivici May 20, 2013 06:17 AM

                                                                                          I personally have a problem with words that end in "Q", irritate me to no end.

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                                                                                            HillJ May 20, 2013 06:36 AM

                                                                                            lol....funny.

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                                                                                              Firegoat May 20, 2013 07:16 AM

                                                                                              Iraq can do that to people. Now, I'm off to eat BBQ,

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                                                                                                ttoommyy May 20, 2013 11:45 AM

                                                                                                And I'm off to Alaska to sail my umiaq.

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                                                                                                  jrvedivici May 20, 2013 12:55 PM

                                                                                                  Why are you all trying to irritate me?????

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                                                                                                    PotatoHouse May 21, 2013 05:45 AM

                                                                                                    Don't forget your toque, eh.

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                                                                                                    grangie angie May 20, 2013 11:47 AM

                                                                                                    Brilliant !!

                                                                                              2. mbfant May 20, 2013 12:47 AM

                                                                                                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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                                                                                                  lagatta Jun 2, 2013 01:31 PM

                                                                                                  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".

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                                                                                                  wadejay26 May 19, 2013 08:44 PM

                                                                                                  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.

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                                                                                                    jlhinwa May 19, 2013 07:17 PM

                                                                                                    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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                                                                                                      debbiel May 19, 2013 07:30 PM

                                                                                                      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)

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                                                                                                        jlhinwa May 19, 2013 09:35 PM

                                                                                                        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.

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                                                                                                        Nanzi May 20, 2013 07:28 AM

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

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                                                                                                          ttoommyy May 20, 2013 11:43 AM

                                                                                                          Ah, gin mill. Love that name!

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                                                                                                            kattyeyes May 30, 2013 07:02 AM

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

                                                                                                        2. phofiend May 19, 2013 06:16 PM

                                                                                                          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:

                                                                                                          http://www.slate.com/articles/life/th...

                                                                                                          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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                                                                                                            debbiel May 19, 2013 06:44 PM

                                                                                                            Poor moist. I had no idea.

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                                                                                                            debbiel May 19, 2013 01:14 PM

                                                                                                            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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                                                                                                              Jeri L May 19, 2013 08:51 PM

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

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                                                                                                                debbiel May 19, 2013 11:42 PM

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

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                                                                                                                  ttoommyy May 20, 2013 11:41 AM

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

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

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

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

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                                                                                                                GraydonCarter May 31, 2013 12:10 PM

                                                                                                                > Sammie

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

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                                                                                                                  PotatoHouse May 31, 2013 05:41 PM

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

                                                                                                                  What is the context?

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                                                                                                                    Harters Jun 1, 2013 06:23 AM

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

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                                                                                                                      bcc Jun 1, 2013 10:20 AM

                                                                                                                      Amongst "us" Britons?

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                                                                                                                        Harters Jun 5, 2013 11:06 AM

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

                                                                                                                        Of course, this assumes you're right and I'm wrong) - http://nitpickersnook.com/2012/08/08/...

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                                                                                                                          bcc Jun 5, 2013 11:58 AM

                                                                                                                          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.

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