Season 9 Episode 9

Can the power of language actually affect our food choices? Or are we speaking courgette?

There is nothing more powerful than the language we use (except for food of course!), so today we explore how food and words heavily rely on each other. Listen as we pick apart menus to see if restaurants are going over the top in their descriptions, and guess along with us as we read out some ridiculous food idioms from all around the world. Get involved and let us know a time when a food menu has influenced YOUR choice of where you dined and why. Comment below!

Best soundbite“If you came along and farted in my porridge, I would find that disrespectful.” – Mike Huttlestone

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Something to make you think...

If you look at high-end restaurants that are run by famous chefs, they use less words to describe the dishes on the menu If you look at more affordable places, they use a detailed description to explain their dishes. Is this to convince us that it’s more tasty than it actually is? Does the price tag attached to high-end restaurants let us trust them more, so therefore they don’t need to go above and beyond in their food descriptions?

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  1. joseph215170

    Bit late to the game but I just listened to this and as a Linguistics graduate I loved it! There’s so much evidence to say how much language affects the way we perceive things, even things like how we see colour! Thanks for fuelling my nerdy language and food love!

  2. tjmarskbb

    I have to be honest, I’m not one for terms of endearment, but if someone called me ‘their half orange’ I’d think it was the best thing ever and now to me it seems the only acceptable term of endearment.

    • nosoytonta

      I have no clue what it would mean.

      A pork chop is delicious. Should I carry on with confidence as if I was a delicious, wanted pork chop?

      If overcooked a pork chop can be tough and dry. Should I behave with dry humor under tough circumstances?

      I’m out of ideas.

      What does the say mean?

  3. pamdick58

    Really enjoyed this one. My favorite food idiom is “forks out for soup” which means the situation makes no sense or you have gotten something really wrong.

  4. Jermiyahu

    During these times of confinement, this episode of the podcast is like a glass of water in the desert.
    And being named in it as a contributor absolutely made my day.

    • Jermiyahu

      Also, I found it interesting that the Portuguese « telling courgettes » and the french « telling salads » have very similar meanings, but with different vegetables.

  5. Anita

    I could listen to the wonders, universalities, and peculiarities of language for hours so this episode made me happy ☺ Intriguing statistics, too – something to think about even outside the realm of restaurants and food.

  6. BeefTheAlch

    Anyone else not able to listen to this on their chosen podcast app? It won’t verify my credentials!

  7. nosoytonta

    What?!?! Am I the first one to comment in this topic?

    Adding to the list of phrases, three unrelated Peruvian sayings: “The chicken is ready”, “like a fish sandwich” and “the fish is fried”.

    Our main city is in front of the pacific ocean, hence, fish is one of the main sources of food; however, the most popular ‘fast food’ is rotisserie chicken, ready to serve a whole family in one go.

    The chicken saying refers to acknowledging everything will go as planned, like when the cook at the rotisserie place announces to the waiting line the chicken has been cooked and is ready to be sold.

    The fish sandwich refers to be physically pressed by two opponent people (usually at a sports event): you end up being the fish between two loaf of bread.

    The fried fish refers of someone has fall on a trap. Because no fish will willingly put itself on a frying pan, would it?

    • Sorted

      You are the first to comment!

      Thanks for sharing your idioms with us, so interesting to hear what sayings are in other countries.

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