Food & Drink

  1. A Look Into The Girl Scout Cookie Jar

  2. Why Do We Call Them Berries?

    The berry family is a linguistic invention particular to Germanic languages, like English. Other languages, like Spanish and French, do not combine the wide, diverse berry family into one group, but rather have very different words for blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, and strawberries. Where does the word berry come from? The word berry comes from the Old English berie, which originally meant “grape.” As the English language spread …

  3. You’re Not A Picky Eater, You’re Just A Flexitarian

    Isn't it funny that we have our own word now? We're not carnivores, we're not vegetarians or vegans, we're not pescatarians, we're flexitarians ... and it sounds so fancy!
  4. The Wittiest Vegan Names For Animal-alternatives

    We know the word vegan came about in the 1800s, but what about the other terms that relate to veganism? Let's take a look at what vegans call their versions of animal products and where they came up with the names.

  5. Exploring A Runner’s High And Other Myths

  6. The Many, Many Words For Drunkards

    Grab your drink of choice and join us as we look back on some of the best words for drunkards from history. 1. He’s biggy Here’s the thing: We’ve been getting drunk since the stone age. (We as in “humans,” not necessarily we as in the Dictionary.com staff.) Why? Well for one thing, it’s fun. For another, it’s a communal, social activity, and we (as …

  7. Graze Anatomy: Weird Parts Of The Foods We Love

  8. Why Does A Cow Become Beef?

    Have you ever stopped to wonder why we eat pork and beef, but not pig or cow? Menus don’t advertise sheep or deer, but mutton and venison. And, we nonchalantly nosh on veal without the linguistic reminder that we’re actually eating meat from a baby calf. When it comes to designating meat terminology, the English language has a few ways of distinguishing between the live …

  9. What’s On Tap? Beer Types Explained

    What are different types of beer (pilsner, IPA). What are the origins and what do they taste like? How do you know what to order?

  10. Buzzwords Tasty Enough To Eat

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