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Jul 5, 2013 11:17 AM

Is Food Writing Going the Way of All Flesh?

Sandy Oliver, Maine author of Journal of an Island Kitchen, a monthly newsletter of The Working Waterfront thinks so:

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  1. I think this woman needs to get over her pet peeves. Most of the words she mentions have been used in this manner for a long time. I've never met a home cook who referred to herself as a "chef." "Dribble" is something that takes place on a basket ball court. I will concede "source" used as a verb, but I suspect it's here to stay.

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    1. re: pikawicca

      You're both wrong.

      Drizzle is an acceptable word, but so is dribble. Drizzle is more a fine, misty dispersal of liquid with perhaps a suggestion of uniformity, while dribble suggests more drop-sized bits of liquid delivered more intermittently and irregularly.

      1. re: pikawicca

        I call myself "Chef Jon." And source became a verb about the same time PDF did.

      2. She really should consult a dictionary before going on a rant.

        Definition of DRIZZLE
        transitive verb

        1: to shed or let fall in minute drops or particles
        2: to make wet with minute drops : sprinkle <vegetables drizzled with olive oil>

        1. I think the word she was seeking is "drivel"

          1. Ms. Oliver could stand to spend a few days reading some grammar books and dictionaries. Sheesh.