Good about Food, Bad about You

November 30, 2011 § Leave a comment

The other day while I was driving, I started thinking about words, as I’m wont to do. But this time, I was specifically struck by how some words that may be very welcome descriptors in one context, would be considered less desirable in another sphere.

Take, for instance, the phrase “crusty bread.” Such a simple adjective, but it conjures up both the sound and the feel of a warm baguette. I imagine, though, if I ever heard my doctor use the word crusty during an appointment, I’d be less than thrilled.

Without much commentary, for obvious reasons, then, I submit a brief list of words that sound great describing food, but might make you cringe in a medical situation.

Sour

Tender

Pungent

Chunky

Brittle

Crunchy

Flaky

Fatty (duh)

Crumbly

Thick

Lumpy

AND, my least and most-lamented favorite….Moist. (Why is it the only word to describe really good cake consistency?!)

Of course, there are some poor words that cause wrinkled noses wherever they go. Let’s not go there.

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