Enriching the vocabulary

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2007/06/15 17:54:32 (permalink)

Enriching the vocabulary

I would like to think Bruce Bilmes and Sue Boyles for enriching my vocabulary. In the review for Tony's Texas Hots, they used the word "pinguid" when describing a hot dog sans crunchy onions.

I gotta admit, this one had me running to google to find the definition: liquid, oily.

I've read some doozies of reviews, but never ran across this particular word used in a food reference before. In any reference, actually.

Thanks, guys!
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    mayor al
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    RE: Enriching the vocabulary 2007/06/15 18:25:43 (permalink)
    Katie,
    Just think of Roadfood.com as a rebirth of the Reader's Digest's "It Pays To Increase Your Word Power". My Mom would drill me on those words shortly after we received each monthly Magazine!

    I am still working on the fine-line between Yuckie and Nasty for use in a food item description!!
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    RE: Enriching the vocabulary 2007/06/15 19:07:34 (permalink)
    Yuckie vs nasty? That's easy:
    Yuckie (or yucky) pertains to something unpleasant in texture or feel. Nasty is olfactory; it's not even getting NEAR your mouth!
    IMO
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    RE: Enriching the vocabulary 2007/06/16 08:28:40 (permalink)
    My favorite is still the word that I learned from EliseT: SNARKY. For those of you that know Elise, Bob and especially her Mother....well, you'd understand SNARKY.

    In the Palm Springs Fine Arts Museum Elise is looking at a piece and says, "That's very interesting." To which Mother says, "OF COURSE it's interesting....it's in a MUSEUM!!"
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    RE: Enriching the vocabulary 2007/06/17 12:48:35 (permalink)
    Considering how many things nowadays are dumbed down, learning a new word is definitely a good thing. And this was a word I definitely didn't know beforehand.

    One of my favorite columnists I read on a regular basis received complaints from her editor because readers were upset that they frequently didn't know words she used. I thought that was what dictionaries (or the internet) are for!
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    RE: Enriching the vocabulary 2007/06/17 19:09:17 (permalink)
    Lisa, I believe snarky is more than just a word. It's a lifestyle.
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    RE: Enriching the vocabulary 2007/06/17 21:51:40 (permalink)
    When we discuss oleaginous hypocrisy, we have to be careful we don't descend into smarmy self-importance!
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    RE: Enriching the vocabulary 2007/06/18 07:26:57 (permalink)
    While some may engage in platitudinous floridundity, others elucidate on obtuse characterizations of gastronomic epicenters of commercial purveyors of indigenous and ephemeral culinary distribution, I say, "Gimme a double with cheese!"
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    RE: Enriching the vocabulary 2007/06/18 08:56:03 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by Pwingsx

    Lisa, I believe snarky is more than just a word. It's a lifestyle.


    Thank goodness EliseT only taught me the word......she and Bob and her Mother are by no means snarky!
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    RE: Enriching the vocabulary 2007/06/18 11:39:57 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by Pwingsx

    Lisa, I believe snarky is more than just a word. It's a lifestyle.

    I hadn't really thought before that being bitchy ws a lifestyle, but I might be wrong.
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    RE: Enriching the vocabulary 2007/06/18 11:59:11 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by Michael Hoffman

    quote:
    Originally posted by Pwingsx

    Lisa, I believe snarky is more than just a word. It's a lifestyle.

    I hadn't really thought before that being bitchy ws a lifestyle, but I might be wrong.

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    RE: Enriching the vocabulary 2007/06/18 12:51:14 (permalink)

    PorkBeaks...
    That's a First for you. I think you have caught the spirit of all our conversations! Thanks for remembering those long "Fatherly Talks"!!

    Now I will join you in , because it is just as hard for me to do that !!
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    RE: Enriching the vocabulary 2007/06/18 13:14:59 (permalink)
    Eschew obfuscation.
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    RE: Enriching the vocabulary 2007/06/18 16:03:35 (permalink)
    Oh, Mr Hoffman, snarky is way beyond bitchy. Bitchy has no sense of humor, whereas snarky does. It may be black humor, but it IS humor.
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    RE: Enriching the vocabulary 2007/06/18 16:52:55 (permalink)
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    Originally posted by Pwingsx

    Oh, Mr Hoffman, snarky is way beyond bitchy. Bitchy has no sense of humor, whereas snarky does. It may be black humor, but it IS humor.

    Snarky: Critical in a curmudgeonly way. Crotchetty, snappish, sarcastic, impertinent, bitchy, or irreverent in tone or manner.

    "The adjective snarky is first recorded in 1906. It is from dialectal British snark, meaning 'to nag, find fault with', which is probably the same word as snark, snork, meaning 'to snort, snore'. (The likely connection is the derisive snorting sound of someone who is always finding fault.) Most dictionaries label snarky as "Chiefly British Slang." But for the last five or more years, it has become increasingly common in American publications ... ."

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    RE: Enriching the vocabulary 2007/06/19 15:56:22 (permalink)
    Oh. Boy, was I wrong. I never looked it up, I only went by the usage I heard. And it was never as mean-spirited as that.

    My apologies.

    Such a fun-sounding word shouldn't have such a negative definition. Damn.
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    RE: Enriching the vocabulary 2007/06/20 10:33:39 (permalink)
    I'm sure enjoying this thread. Do you think some of us are inebriated by the exuberance of our own verbosity?
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    RE: Enriching the vocabulary 2007/06/20 13:04:16 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by buffetbuster

    Considering how many things nowadays are dumbed down, learning a new word is definitely a good thing. And this was a word I definitely didn't know beforehand.

    One of my favorite columnists I read on a regular basis received complaints from her editor because readers were upset that they frequently didn't know words she used. I thought that was what dictionaries (or the internet) are for!

    And when the word is believed to mean something very different:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Controversies_about_the_word_niggardly
    I don't think it's a coincidence that the niger seed I feed the birds has been renamed "nyjer seed" (at least the KayTee brand).

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    RE: Enriching the vocabulary 2007/06/20 13:20:49 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by shortchef

    I'm sure enjoying this thread. Do you think some of us are inebriated by the exuberance of our own verbosity?


    If you were, you would have stretched that out to at least 3 paragraphs. Your message was terse. That's good in my book by the way.

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    RE: Enriching the vocabulary 2007/06/20 16:30:25 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by Brad_Olson

    quote:
    Originally posted by buffetbuster

    Considering how many things nowadays are dumbed down, learning a new word is definitely a good thing. And this was a word I definitely didn't know beforehand.

    One of my favorite columnists I read on a regular basis received complaints from her editor because readers were upset that they frequently didn't know words she used. I thought that was what dictionaries (or the internet) are for!

    And when the word is believed to mean something very different:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Controversies_about_the_word_niggardly
    I don't think it's a coincidence that the niger seed I feed the birds has been renamed "nyjer seed" (at least the KayTee brand).

    Brad

    Also, on the subject, there's a Mexican Beer called Corona - Negra Modelo (Black Label). It used to be called "Negro Modelo", which is the correct case since modelo is masculine as well as negro. Political correctness caused the company to change the case to feminine - a feminine adjective describing a masculine noun.
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    RE: Enriching the vocabulary 2007/06/20 16:58:44 (permalink)
    what is that word when a hot dog is actually in a sign for a hot dog stand? auto-something?? someone posted it yesterday...pls help
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    RE: Enriching the vocabulary 2007/06/22 19:14:14 (permalink)
    To Oneiron 339:

    The adjective negra agrees with the feminine noun cerveza, which is understood and doesn't appear on the label. I know that doesn't make sense but this is grammar, not logic. I don't recall the beer's name being Negro Modelo at any time in the 39 years I've been drinking beer legally but my memory is far from perfect. Political correctness is often carried to extremes but I don't think it calls the shots for the Mexican brewing industry or Spanish grammar.
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