With life seeming to move at an ever-quickening pace, we often resort to abbreviations--'breves, if you will--to keep up.
But when it comes to food writing, here are five words that should never, ever be shortened because they are just. so. annoying: *
*Though the Hot Dish does fully endorse all of Aziz Ansari's Tom Haverford Parks and Recreation food slang.[jump]
Tom Haverford (Aziz Ansari) explains his food slang.
5. Sammy Abbreviations can be so infantilizing. Here's a great example: Sammy is a nickname for a kid named Samuel or Samantha, not a bread-encased meal otherwise known as a sandwich. And no, 'wich isn't okay either, except in the case of our beloved Be'wiched Deli.
4. Cukes Cukes, on the other hand, is kind of a cute word, and it rolls more easily off the tongue than its namesake cucumber. That said, when writing about what Haverford might call a "pre-pickle," stick to the original.
3. Resto This 'breve, a shortening of the multisyllabic restaurant, has an insider-y ring to it, implying that one talks about restaurants so much, she might expire from exhaustion if she wasn't able to cut a corner somewhere. While resto is acceptable for use in email, to help stave off keyboard wear out, for any published content, typing out the full word is a necessary fingertip calisthenic.
2. Rezzie This one is just pretentious, as it only seems to be spoken by people who don't actually make their own restaurant reservations, and instead, holler across the room at their assistant to make a "rezzie" for them. These are the same people who also feel they are too good to need "rezzies" and should be able to walk into a crowded restaurant without one and immediately be shown to a prime seat.
1. EVOO It's really too late to stop Rachael Ray's second most obnoxious term (the first being "yum-o"), as it's already earned a spot in the Oxford American College Dictionary. But just because
EVVOEVOO is officially a word, short for extra virgin olive oil, that doesn't mean it's okay to use it. Editors, keep the red pens vigilant!