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Hangry, guac, zoodles and more food words added to dictionary


In the middle of the afternoon, it’s not uncommon to crave a snack – perhaps guac or a marg happy hour. It turns out that this sentiment is so popular that it was added to the dictionary.

The language is constantly evolving and this means that dictionaries often have to take into account new words and expressions. For this, Merriam-Webster has just added more than 840 new words to its online dictionary, and a good part of them are related to food!

Here are 14 food-related terms that made a difference – TODAY’s Megyn Kelly is especially excited about one of them!

1. Avo

This is informal slang for, of course, the lawyer.

“A large, generally oval to oblong fruit” which has “a leathery skin with prominent scaly tips and juicy flesh”, particularly “the fruit of a widely cultivated cactus” from Mexico and Central America which “generally has a bright pink or red and white or sometimes red skin, slightly sweet flesh with many small black seeds. “

Today Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush Hager tried the fruit in a popular New York dessert called “The Pink Lady” and thought it was interesting …

3. Gochujang

This deliciously addictive spicy paste is “used in Korean cuisine based on red peppers, sticky rice and fermented soybeans.”

4. Guac

What do you do with all these avos? Turn them into guac, of course. The word is slang for everyone’s favorite, guacamole.

5. Face to face

Do you like beer? Truly love beer? While the slang for this word is an addict, the most common usage is a beer lover, especially “one with a soft spot for. hoppy beer and beer.

6. Hang in there

A very important word for anyone who has ever been “irritable or angry with hunger”. Uh, it’s everyone.

“Hangry has finally made its way – finally! Today’s Megyn Kelly said Friday.

7. Iftar

A meal eaten by Muslims at sunset to break the daily fast during Ramadan.

8. Margin

This one’s casual slang for margaritas – which goes great with guac loaded with avo, of course.

9. Installation

French term for a “culinary process in which the ingredients are prepared and organized (as in a restaurant kitchen) before cooking”. Now try to pronounce it. Like this: meeeez uh plass.

10. Alcohol-free cocktail

A “generally ice-cold drink made from a variety of ingredients (such as juice, herbs and sparkling water) but without alcohol”, that is, a non-alcoholic cocktail. Let’s drink to that.

11. Tasting

This is often used to describe something that is “easy and pleasant to drink,” such as wine that sinks easily.

12. Wagyu

This expensive cut of steak can describe “one of four strains of a breed of black or red Japanese cattle valued for their heavily marbled meat.”

13. Zuke

It’s the abbreviation of courgette, which brings us to …

A long, thin strip of zucchini (or zucchini!) That “looks like a string or a narrow ribbon of pasta.” Note, the use of the word “looks like”.

Zoodles are easy to make with a spiralizer, a machine that turns vegetables into thin strips in a matter of moments. Surprisingly, the word spiralizer didn’t enter the dictionary – maybe next year?

Pasta purists might not think of zucchini noodles as real things, but they sure are delicious – yes, that’s a real word, too! Look in the dictionary!