New words – 31 July 2023

French fries wrapped in white paper with a large amount of salt being sprinkled onto them
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salt tooth noun [S]
UK /ˌsɒlt ˈtuːθ/ US /ˌsɑːlt ˈtuːθ/
If you have a salt tooth, you like eating savoury foods, especially crisps, chips, etc.

Would you always choose crisps over chocolate? You’re not alone. While many of us may admit to a sweet tooth, more than 40 per cent of people have a weakness for salty rather than sugary flavours. Experts call this phenomenon a salt tooth, and it’s becoming more common. For while some people are genetically programmed to crave salt, others are now developing a salt tooth as a result of the prevalence of highly processed, salty food in our diet.
[, 18 June 2023]

food noise noun [U]
/ˈfuːd ˌnɔɪz/
the constant thoughts about food that some people have when they are trying to lose weight

Losing weight is never an easy feat. Besides implementing new nutrition and lifestyle choices, Another thing that can make losing weight (and keeping it off) more difficult is something called “food noise.” If you’ve ever wondered why you’re hungry all the time, even if you just ate, or find yourself consistently planning your next meal, you may be dealing with food noise.
[, 3 May 2023]

lion diet noun [S]
/ˈlaɪ.ən ˌdaɪ.ət/
a type of eating plan in which someone eats only meat from certain animals and no other types of food for a limited period of time

Are you a complete carnivore and love your meat? Well, then the lion diet may be something to your liking. A meat-based diet that focuses on eliminating major food groups and beverages from your meals, the eating pattern involves only consuming salt, water, and meat from ruminant animals (including beef, lamb, goat, bison, and deer). But why? To identify food sensitivities.
[, 10 May 2023]

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12 thoughts on “New words – 31 July 2023

    1. Semiformal?

      It really is either formal or informal, isn’t it?

      Unless we’re dining, drinking, dancing – and then semiformal might come in.

      [I thought it was an attachment/tag to the words involved – again to indicate that some words might be more formal than others here].

      Or is it characteristic of a way or an approach to life?

    1. Nirosha:

      I think reading this website will be good for you and for your English.

      And then you can be good at speaking and writing English.

      Good to know you’re recognising the need to improve.


  1. I wondered what kind of food sensitivities are involved in the lion diet?

    [or was it in the fruits and vegetables that the lion diet seeks to avoid?]

    Food noise – this is talked about a lot in the New York Times.

    Virginia Sole-Smith mentioned it in a reference to what Ozempic is doing for some people – quieting the food noise.

    [and there are some medications which make the phenomenon of food noise even louder – with all the social and cultural influences this comes with].

  2. My granny was using the term ‘tasty-tooth’ to describe my father’s preference for savoury things over 50 years ago – and I’m pretty certain she wouldn’t have invented it!

    I’m now wondering how ‘new’ the salt tooth idea really is!

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