How many times have you stopped mid-bite, pointed at whatever you were eating, and called it "amazing"? A hundred times? 3752 times? A million? Look, we're guilty too. And we hate ourselves for it. Enough already with "amazing."
May we suggest a synonym that's far better suited to convey emotions of extreme pleasure in response to food: scrumdiddlyumptious.
Yes, it's a real word. So real in fact, it just made it into the Oxford English Dictionary, the true arbiter of linguistic realness. What does the word mean? Exactly what it sounds like. Never said "scrumdiddlyumptious" before? We urge everyone to start. Sure, it takes a full four seconds to say out loud, three if you talk fast, but any culinary experience that causes intense joy deserves the extra time.
How did the word land a spot in the vaunted OED? In honor of the 100th anniversary of Roald Dahl's birth, the dictionary is inducting six new words made famous in the works of the British author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, and many other works. Although Dahl didn't use that word in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, he popularized it in his 1982 children's book The BFG.
The OED news takes on added poignancy in the wake of the death of Gene Wilder, whose performance in the film version of "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" brought Dahl's work to legions of people who otherwise may have missed out. "Golden ticket" and "Oompa Loompa," two other terms that were used in the Dahl novel that inspired that movie, have also just been added to the OED.
Speaking of golden tickets: You might remember that Wilder's death inspired a wacky ticket-filled cheeseburger, among countless other tributes making bold attempts at scrumdiddlyumptiousness. Here's hoping the newly inducted words last much longer than a cheeseburger, and live on in the English language forever.
Now that would be amazing.
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