What the hell is it with the word yummy? I can’t really accurately express how much I hate this word. While researching its etymology and applications I found Ladies, This Word Needs to be Banned, an anonymous post on the women’s blog Blogher.com that expressed my feelings better than I ever could. I have edited for context and brevity.
“You know who uses the term yummy to describe food? Toddlers use the word yummy. Mothers convincing children to eat lunch use the term yummy. … Food bloggers over the age of four should NOT. … Use delicious, delectable, perfect, ambrosial, amazing, whatever tickles your tongue–they’re all better than yummy. … Yummy is for babies, ladies. Do most guys who sear a steak describe it as yummy? Or would a four-star restaurant be using the term yummy on a menu? Has anyone ever seen James Beard describe anything as yummy? No? Well, that’s why. Yummy is cute and childish, not something that can be used to describe food with integrity. Jean-Georges Vongerichten would probably never describe anything from his kitchen as yummy- even if a gun was pointed at his head. Neither should we.”
Then there are the restaurants with the big signage I can’t seem to avoid…
Okay, I’m done.