editing "iconic potato salad" intro
The intro to the herbed potato salad recipe begins: "The iconic potato salad recipe has a mayonnaise dressing,..." (URL: http://www.chow.com/recipes/30737-her...) This is yet one more incorrect use of the word "iconic."
What this should say is: "The classic American potato salad recipe has a mayonnaise dressing,..."
The classic French potato salad has NO mayonnaise, but has a vinaigrette with lots of parsley and sometimes scallions or shallots.
True, but the text says "the iconic" not "an iconic" which implies it's the only one. Besides, "iconic" is way overused these days, replacing much more specific words, as in this case. It's *American* potato salad that's always made with mayonnaise, not *all* potato salads. Why call the mayonnaise potato salad "iconic" when it's much more accurate to say it's "the classic American potato salad"?