New words – 7 March 2022

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swicy adjective
having a taste that is both sweet and spicy

Mash-ups like “swicy” reflect an even wider embrace of flavor fusions that marry savory spices and heat with sweetness. Nene, a South Korean-based fried chicken chain that is just starting to move into North America, has even named a sauce swicy. Its flavor profile mirrors what would happen if gochujang and ketchup had a baby.
[nytimes, 28 December 2021]

carnisplorer noun [C]
UK /ˈkɑː.nɪˌsplɔː.rəʳ/ US /ˈkɑːr.nɪˌsplɔːr.ɚ/
a person who is interested in tasting and cooking many different parts of an animal, especially those that are normally less popular with other people who eat meat

Are you a “carnisplorer”? I hadn’t heard this one before, but according to Oliver Chadwyck-Healey, the Waitrose meat buyer … the food chain is seeing more demand for nuggets such as lamb’s liver and oxtail as we become more creative cooks. “These adventurous carnisplorers are embracing nose-to-tail eating,” says Oliver, adding that it’s a more sustainable way of eating.
[, 6 February 2022]

seaganism noun [U]
the practice of eating only plant-based foods and seafood

The last decade saw a rise in pescatarians and flexitarians. Now, at the start of the 2020s, a new trend is picking up steam: seaganism, where people follow a vegan diet but include sustainably sourced seafood for healthy extra protein and an occasional fleshy treat. Seagans not only add fish to mealtimes for variety but to benefit from high quality omega-3 fatty acids that can be hard to source on a traditional vegan diet.
[, 18 January 2021]

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14 thoughts on “New words – 7 March 2022

  1. Iris

    I can’t even imagine what a swicy flavor could be like, I’ve never eaten something both sweet and spicy at the same time before, but after that I definitely wanna try it!

  2. bryan

    Do we really need 95% of these non-new technology words? I think most are just plain silly. “Swole”? Really? What’s wrong with “muscular,” “built,” “brawny,” or “hefty”?

    Real dictionaries lose credibility when they start competing with Urban Dictionary.

    1. crash

      You sound like a prescriptivist. Prescriptivists are dumb. If enough people use a word, it goes in the dictionary. This is the way.

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