Which food words make you laugh?


Kerry Acker at Epicurious wrote a column yesterday – Food Words are Funny! which certainly sent us into the weekend with a smile: 

“I woke up this morning and laughed out loud. Why? Because, for some inexplicable reason, the first thing I thought about as I crawled out of bed was the word pumpernickel. Seriously, is there a funnier word out there? Pumpernickel is hilarious. (As to why my subconscious homed in on the coarse, German-style rye-sourdough bread this AM, your guess is as good as mine.)”

Making the (surprising to us) comment that so many food words are funny, Acker goes on to explore why and demonstrates with a number of videos. We especially enjoyed the George Carlin video on being a fussy eater with his discussion of why he can’t eat certain foods such as  “yogurt,” “squash,” “succotash,” “wheat germ,” “eggplant,” and “head cheese” because of their sound. He nominates “kumquat” as the funniest word of all time.

So if you’re looking for a laugh to go into the weekend with, check out the article. And feel free to add your own contribution. We’re adding a somewhat obvious one – “snickerdoodle.” It always makes us smile.


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  • Soccermom  on  March 22, 2013

    gotta love the word "lardoons"…….

  • Jane  on  March 22, 2013

    I'm sure I can come up with more but the one that immediately came to mind is "blancmange". More than the sound, it's the idea that a food item is called "eat white".

  • geoff@kupesoftware.com  on  March 22, 2013

    I read a recipe where the instructions said to "spatchcock" a chicken. I had spatchcock stuck in my head for weeks.

  • vmcarlquist  on  March 22, 2013

    What about goulash? It's reminiscent of either scary things or boots!

  • Queezle_Sister  on  March 25, 2013

    My father always said that his Russian friends laughed at "cucumber", but we never knew why.

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