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Eat Your Words

November 9, 2017
We’ve all been advised to not talk with our mouths full. It makes you wonder why there are so many words related to hunger and the act of eating. Whether you are feasting or on a diet, here is some essential eating vocabulary.

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appetite
He slowly regained his appetite after being hand-fed anchovies, shrimp and squid.
consume
Most Americans consume too much salt — or, more accurately, sodium.
craving
Doughnuts tend to be on the smaller side, so consider doubling your order if your cravings are particularly strong.
cuisine
The shelves are filled with staples of Asian cuisine: bamboo shoots, noodles, vegetable greens like gai choy, and rice — lots of rice.
culinary
Bandhu Gardens, as the women’s culinary collective is called, started by selling surplus backyard produce to local restaurants and farmer’s markets.
devour
From Latin devorare which breaks down to de, down, and vorare, to swallow. Vorare also figures in the history of other great food words like voracious, extremely hungry.
As he spoke, his children — pale and undernourished — devoured a humble meal of chicken and bread.
esurient
The deli is frequented by young, single professionals, esurient after those long hours spent staring at the monitor of a computer.
famished
I'm famished so I buy a plate of each and move to one of the tables in the centre of the room to eat.
feast
Where new owner Esther Lee reopened her spare Italian dining room after a July fire and still offers a fixed-price, five-course Italian feast.
gluttony
From Latin gluttire, to swallow , and from gula, throat, which also gives English the word gullet.
If heavy eating is something you're unwilling to give up, make sure to devote time earlier in the day to gluttony.
indulgence
Ruby chocolate “satisfies a new consumer need found among millennials — hedonistic indulgence,” it said, in a quote attributed to Mr. Boone.
morsel
From Latin mordere , to bite. This root is also present in the history of words that refer to metaphorical biting, adjectives that describe “a sharp wit” or a “sharp tongue” like English mordant.
It’s hard counting calories and watching every morsel you put in your mouth.
ravenous
Ravenous has nothing to do with being hungry like a raven. It’s from Old French raviner “to seize”. The Old French word also gives us ravine through the sense the of a violent rush of water swallowing everything in its path.
Appeasing a ravenous appetite at the mall food court could cause you to eat as much or even more calories than you burned shopping.
repast
From Late Latin repastus, a meal, ultimately from Latin pascere, to graze.
If it’s impossible to eat mindfully every day, consider planning one special repast a week.
savor
I bulldozed through two bones, savoring their salt and spice, before realizing I hadn’t even dabbed one in the mint chutney yet.
voracious
Baby tortoises are voracious, grow fast and start digging burrows almost immediately.

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