Foodie Words That Must Be Banished Now (Let's Start With 'Foodie')
street food - prepared or cooked food sold by vendors in a street or other public location for immediate consumption
Photo courtesy The Princess Bride and memegenerator.com No, but really.
Unless you're eating it on the street, it's not street food. Most street food here in Houston is served at a table in a restaurant. Let's call it what it is.
superfood - a nutrient-rich food considered to be especially beneficial for health and well-being
Scientists and nutritionists are constantly going back and forth about what is and isn't a superfood. And companies have capitalized on the declaration of various things as superfood by juicing them, bottling them and adding a ton of sugar. Not so super anymore.
toothsome - of palatable flavor; temptingly tasty
This word essentially means "good." Stop pretending like it means chewy.
unctuous - fatty, oily; smooth and greasy in texture or appearance
"You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means." 'Cause if you're using it as a synonym for "rich," you're using it incorrectly.
yummy - highly attractive or pleasing
If you're older than 5 years of age and still using this word, I implore you to stop, now. Let's try its grown-up cousin, "delicious," or if you're really going for it, "ambrosial."
Note: All of the definitions in this post came from Oxford Dictionaries Online, Merriam-Webster online or Urban Dictionary. But remember: Just because they're in the dictionary doesn't mean you should use them. After all, "pustule" is in the dictionary, too.