9 Words We All Really Need to Stop Using When Talking About Food and Drinks. Please.

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Artisan Tostitos? Really?
When you spend as much time as I do reading restaurant menus and websites and press releases, you start to notice that certain words get used quite a bit with regard to food and drink.

And then you start to look closer at those words and you realize that in many cases they're being used incorrectly or out of context. It's a shame, too, because sometimes we're talking about really good words that used to have important meaning. Then over time they've been bastardized and have come to mean nothing at all. There are also a few words that should just never, ever be used when talking about food. So read them here and them please erase them from your memory forever.

Thanks, on behalf of literate people everywhere.

See also: Food Words You Shouldn't Use, According to New York Times Critics Past and Present

Artisan

You buy artisan Tostitos at the grocery store and Artisan Breakfast Sandwiches at Starbucks. Need I say more?

Mouthfeel

I'm not sure if/when this was ever an acceptable word to use (Editor's Note: NEVER), but for the umpteenth time I'd like to reiterate that it's not to be used anymore. If you want to describe how a dish or drink feels in your mouth then just use the the word "texture." There really isn't a situation in which you can't substitute one word for the other, so just stop.

Farm-to-Table

Once upon a time this phrase used to be reserved to describe restaurants that put extra care into simplifying the process of attaining local, fresh produce and getting it onto your plate. It meant cutting out the middlemen and going directly to the food producers, which is a great thing. Unfortunately, these days the phrase has become little more than a tired cliche. Any restaurant can claim it's sourcing produce from local farms by slapping the words "farm-to-table" on a menu or website, but a better way to tell if a chef or restaurant is actually using local produce is to ask your server, or better yet, the chef.

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ksdaddybear
ksdaddybear

yum, yummy, nom nom, anything in that vein makes me cringe and want to hurt myself.

tracyrowan
tracyrowan

May I add "ooey-gooey?"  Mostly because it makes me want to slap people.

Matt Veach
Matt Veach

"All-Natural" on packaged processed food. Is anyone buying that crap? Dont forget GMO vegetables & antibiotic laden meat. If it's not organic, it's not natural.

Gordon Parlova
Gordon Parlova

"Approachable". What the fork is that supposed to mean?? You don't have to sneak up on your food/wine, so having a wine that you can "approach" just sounds stupid.

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Amanda Miller Froes
Amanda Miller Froes

Maybe I am just not hipster enough, but I have literally never heard someone describe anything food related as mouthfeel, toothsome (and yes, I do know what it means) or slurpable.

Larry Gulliford
Larry Gulliford

Don't confuse artisan and artesian, these chips did not come out the town well, or maybe they did.

jliven23
jliven23

Foodie. Just typing it makes me cringe.

john.r.scott
john.r.scott

Amen! All these terms are overused in the wrong settings. Also, I think they are used most frequently by folks who have never encountered the very things the words describe. 

machumentary
machumentary

@ksdaddybear: When I hear grown adults using "nom nom", I want to grab a pointy fork and jab it in the person's face with as much force as I can manage. Also, the word "tummy" should not be used by anyone over the age of eight. Some food reviewer in the Atlanta area said something about "comfort food that warms my tummy" and I wanted to hunt her down and stab her with the aforementioned sharp fork. And, normally I'm a very gentle person! 

ksdaddybear
ksdaddybear

@machumentary @ksdaddybear   I so know where you are coming from!  and I hate anything mass made that labels itself as "artisan"  talk about lack of truth in advertising!

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