Obliged to kill three hours on Sunday, a friend and I ended up watching the Food Network, my favorite placeholder channel. And so it transpired that I sat through a full episode of Rachael Ray's 30 Minute Meals
If you've never heard of Rachael Ray
— a noteworthy achievement these days — she's the goofy, unabashedly unsophisticated host of several Food Network shows. As Slate
notes, she's also quite possibly "the world's most reviled chef."
Since I myself have a mild case of Rachael Ray Derangement Syndrome
(full disclosure: I heart A.B.
), until yesterday I'd avoided her shows.
So I didn't know.
I'm here today to talk to you about Rachael Rayisms
, or as they're more commonly known, Rachaelisms
(alternate spelling: Rachael-isms
). These are words and catchphrases either invented or frequently used by Rachael Ray.
The most famous Rachaelism is EVOO
(an acronym for Extra Virgin Olive Oil, pronounced "e-voe"). As any professional linguist could tell you, this officially became a real word
earlier this year, when it was included in the Oxford American College Dictionary. Here's
Ray accepting a certificate from Erin McKean
, quite possibly the world's most beloved lexicographer.
It's actually pretty cool that such a well-known chef plays with language like Ray does, and I really have to respect her for not letting the haters ruin her fun. Coin on, Rachael Ray.
I just dislike the words she comes up with. In the episode we watched, she coined the word choup
, a blend of chowder
. Then she proceeded to say "choup" about fifty times as she made what was (in my lexicon) clearly just soup. I'm sure that for some people, even chowder
is just a kind of soup.
Your definitions, like Rachael's, may vary. Some notable Rachaelisms Choup
- A blend of chowder
- A clipping of "delicious."Easy-peasy
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil G.B.
- Garbage BowlIgidator
- Mozzarella cheeseSammie
- Sandwich Shimmy-shake
- Toss (?) Smashed potatoes
- Potatoes that have been roughly mashed. Spoonula
- A blend of spoon
- A blend of stew
. Turn of the pan
- A measurement used when drizzling a liquid, esp. EVOO, into the recipe. (Also, I swear I heard her use the measurement "a third of a palm." Apparently she's a big fan of eyeballing.)Yum-O !
- Yummy, possibly very yummy.
Labels: semantics, vocab