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Wednesday, August 03, 2016

Definitions for Fletcherize

  1. to chew (food) slowly and thoroughly.

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Citations for Fletcherize
... don't choke down your food. Eat slowly. Fletcherize--chew your food, you know. I know you're nearly famished, but you must gradually accustom yourself to a proper diet. L. Frank Baum, Aunt Jane's Nieces Out West, 1914
Maybe you don't know about Fletcherizing, and you ought to be thankful you don't, but you can't Fletcherize a gizzard, not if you chew all night, and if there's breast enough everybody, I think he'd better have that. Kate Langley Bosher, The Man in Lonely Land, 1913
Origin of Fletcherize
1900-1905
Fletcherize is the verb form of Fletcherism, "the practice of chewing food until it is reduced to a finely divided, liquefied mass." The method gets its name from U.S. nutritionist Horace Fletcher. Both the verb and noun entered English in the early 1900s.
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