21 food words and phrases to consider dropping

Ariel Knutson
Various “foodie” delicacies.

In the wide world of food writing and media, there are some words that are going to appear over and over again. Delicious? Yeah, that's going to stick around. But then there are the trendy and overused words to describe food that begin to feel wearying when you see them in a magazine, blog or newspaper.

I know all of us who write or blog or talk about food are guilty using some of these cliches (err … maybe all of them). I asked on Twitter recently what phrases people felt strongly about and just couldn't deal with anymore. Some of the words, like "yummy," are just overused and lazy, while others, like using the word "crack" to refer to food, are offensive and need to be stopped immediately.

Here are my picks for the 21 food terms and phrases I'd like to snip out of the food world. I'm guilty of using all of them, but I promise to try and stop if you will. Deal? Deal.

The food words I think just need to go home

Foodie: The worst food word crime of them all.

'Za: Don't insult your pizza by calling it anything but pizza.

Sando: Sandwiches are cute and all, but not that cute. (Runner-up: Sammie)

Yummy (or Yummo): After the age of 10 this is just weird.

Mouthfeel: I don't want to imagine what the inside of your mouth feels like.

Delish: Just, no.

EVOO: I love you Rachael Ray, but this haunts me.

Locavore: Yeah, I like shopping at the farmers' market, too.

Delectable: The word someone uses when they don't want to write "delicious" again.

Sinful: Eating is pleasure (and sustenance), not sin. Don't mix the two.

Nom: I'm sure we can be more descriptive than this, right?

Orgasmic: "When Harry Met Sally" has ruined us all forever.

Succulent: Because Pinterest exists, and I can't not think of a certain plant when you use this word.

Food phrases with no juice left in them

"Cooked to perfection": Perfect doesn't mean anything.

"Take it to the next level": I'm so guilty of this one. I'm so sorry. Your chicken breasts really don't have multiple "levels" to go to.

"Best ever": Oh, really? Tell me more about this miracle sandwich of yours.

"Depth of flavor": What does this even mean?

"Tastes like crack": No, your food is not like drugs.

"Party in your mouth": Again, I don't want to know what's happening in your mouth right now.

"Jazz up": Please, no.

"Cloyingly sweet": Too sweet. We get it.