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11 Annoying Food Terms You Need to Stop Using on the Regular

We all have that friend that thinks he/she/they are all that and a bag of chips when it comes to describing food: Nobody -- nobody -- is as good at eating as he/she/they are. But really, this person has just watched too many cooking shows. Here, some food words that we honestly believe no human should use in their day-to-day vocabulary.

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Acidity

Sample Usage: "There is a real lack of acidity in this dish."


Does it? Or does it lack lemon? Or worse, is it not bright enough for you? Just stop it. We're talking about a sesame chicken lunch special right now. 

 

Divine

Sample Usage: "This meal is divine."

The only Divine we know has arched eyebrows and killer style. This breakfast burrito has none of those qualities. 

 

Flavor Profile

Sample Usage: "The flavor profile in this dish is incredibly balanced."


Just ... I can't with you. 

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Foodie

Sample Usage: "Ah! I'm such a foodie."


This is just like calling yourself a hipster. No hipster calls themselves a hipster -- it's the way of the world. 

 

Herbaceous

Sample Usage: "This dish is very herbaceous and aromatic."


The salad your roommate made with the leftover parsley and cilantro doesn't require an over-exaggerated compliment. Just say "thank you."

  

Mouthfeel

Sample Usage: "The merlot has a fruity fizz mouthfeel."


You sound like you have forgotten your words. Are you thinking of "sensation"? You can also just say "fizzy." See, isn't that so much easier?  

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Nom nom nom

Sample Usage: "Nom nom nom nom nom nom nom nom nom!"


Oh, are we children? I didn't know that is what is going on. Instead of talking like a baby, maybe just say that you like whatever you are eating. 

  

Slurpability

Sample Usage: "Slurpability is on point with this pho."


Do we need to call out the slurp? We know. The whole restaurant heard you eating it.

 

Symphony of Flavors

Sample Usage: "This gumbo has a symphony of flavors."


I'm not sure if an actual symphony would agree with you comparing its music to the bacon, egg, and cheese you just chomped into.

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Unctuous 

Sample Usage: "This cheesecake has an unctuous layer."


Really? Or, is it just greasy?