In the last ten years, foodies (people who like food) have managed to weasel their way into mainstream culture, through any number of food blogs and Instagram profiles. If you don’t know what a foodie looks like, you can usually spot them in a trendy restaurant or at a food truck with their smartphone in hand, picking the best filter for their dinner. Truthfully, the photos aren’t the worst thing about foodies, it’s the foodie words they use to describe what they’re eating. Terms like “yummers,” “mouthfeel,” and “engorged” absolutely make our skin crawl. That’s why we’ve put together this poll to find out which are the most annoying food words and foodie terms.
We don’t have anything against someone who enjoys food, just please, for the love of everything gooey and alfresco, stop using the words on this list. We have a theory that these terms came to prominence after a secret Food Network initiative to give a free thesaurus to every food blogger in the world went live, but we can’t verify this theory, so the origin of these annoying words used to describe food is a mystery.
You surely have at least one obnoxious foodie friend by now, but it wasn’t that long ago that people referred to their food with regular, five cent words like "good" and "a delicious pizza." But those halcyon days are over, and now we have to hear our stupid friends talk about pizza like it’s a work of art. Although pizza is beautiful and we'll make an exception if pressed.
But for all things not pizza, you should immediately remove all the gross food words on this list from you vocabulary. But first, scroll down and vote up the foodie descriptors that would make you barf the most if you heard them out loud, and if we left out any foodie words that make you want to throw yourself off in a vat of boiling cabbage, be sure to add them as a PSA, alerting all food lovers to cease and desist, leaving these nasty words for the compost pile of the English language.
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Artisanal Artisanal is a fancy word for burned.
analise.dubner added Farm-To-Table
Foodie Maybe the worst word on this list, it means "person who likes food."
Deconstructed Deconstructed just means ingredients in a pile.
JenniferGarnick added Craft
Another way of saying, "Takes forever to make."
Mouthfeel Mouthfeel feels gross coming out of your mouth.
analise.dubner added Rustic ...which basically means it looks like something you can make yourself.
Moist Moist makes you think of humidity, and humidity makes you think of mold. Ew.
Homemade The reason you go to restaurants is to avoid homemade food.
MixologistThe term bartender is old school, but a mixologist sounds like someone who works at the Fermilab.
Locavore A locavore is someone who only eats local food and who was never hugged as a child.
Orgasmic Check back for a list of Orgasmic Foods on Ranker: After Dark.
Gourmet If you ever hear anyone describe their dinner as "gourmet," pour soup on their head.
Organic Organic has a lot of meanings including "expensive," "tasteless," and even "hipster trash."
Curated A pretentious way of saying "selected."
Falling Off the Bone A great way to describe your mom.
Succulent There's only one time anyone should say this, and it's when you mean hardy desert plants.
Nosh Only grandmas and jerks say nosh.
Authentic Foodies argue about "authenticity" in food, but if Taco Bell isn't authentic, we don't know what is.
Sammie People have started saying "sammie" instead of sandwich for just no reason at all.
Delish Is it really so hard to say delicious?
Unctuous Unctuous means oily, or greasy. Just like the folks who use the word "unctuous."
Gastropub Gastropubs are typical English pubs with a great chef and should get over themselves already.
Quaffing To drink, or, to sound like a jerk when you drink.
Tasty Wow, that's so descriptive!
Yummers Yummers is possibly one of the worst words in the English language.
Symphony of Flavors Meaning, "it tastes like a lot of things, but I have no idea what any of them are."
Engorged Engorged is an archaic way of saying someone has a trashcan for a stomach.
Mouthwatering As in, "this artisanal pickle bread is mouthwatering."
Flavorful Does anyone ever set out to eat flavorLESS food?
Gooeyness Gooeyness is the state of being gooey and isn't a word that ever needs to be said.
Resto Either short for restaurant or rest home, we're not sure.
Umami Umami is a fancy way to just say savory.
Fork-tender Fork-tender food could just as easily be described as "tender."
Sinful Hopefully sinful food is served at a Hell-themed bistro.
AlfrescoItalian for "fresh air," or "the newest Instagram filter."
nyssasylvatica76b added drool
nyssasylvatica76b added Burger
nyssasylvatica76b added Drool
nyssasylvatica76b added Drool
Drenched Drench - to soak, or to gross out everyone within earshot.
Gutsy Foodies say "gutsy" when they mean, "I'm a follower and I can't say that I don't like this food."
Redolent Redolent means fragrant or sweet, like a pile of rotting fruit.
Haute Haute cuisine is considered "classy," but we live in a dumpster, so no thanks.
Piquant Piquant means having a nice sharp taste, like the flavor of serrated razor blade.
Guilt-Free Guilt-free also usually means "tastes like paper."
Lip-smacking If you're caught lip smacking, you're getting a fist in the face.
Slurp The only thing worse than listening to someone slurp is hearing them say the word slurp.
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