Locavore, bibimbap, and more join Oxford Online Dictionaries

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Our ever-evolving language and food cultures often intersect in ways that we sometimes fail to notice. This short piece from Huff Post Food highlights some of the modern words that were recently added to the Oxford Online Dictionaries, focusing on the food-related ones. These include locavore, which was the Oxford American Dictionary’s 2007 Word of the Year, and bibimbap, which I talked about in a post of my own not too long ago. (Head here to see the other new food-word additions.) As Katharine Shilcutt notes at the Houston Press blogs,

Obviously faddish terms will fall out of use … while the truly useful terms — no matter how stupid they sound to our ears — will likely be used by our great-great-grandchildren when they telepathically communicate business memoranda to each other regarding the “truthiness” of a recent proposal (or however people are going to communicate in the future).

As for words like frankenfood and locavore? Time will tell if they’re truly faddish, too, or if they’ll become standard terms to describe average ways of eating in the future….


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