Back in the early 2000s when New York Times food critic Sam Sifton was editor of the dining section, he kicked back a story to a contributor because it had the word "delicious" in it, with the instructions to never use the word, saying "It's banned in my book. Gimme something more than that." New York Journal points out that things are a little different when Sifton is writing rather than editing: "he uses 'delicious' almost every week—often twice in the same review." Writing day in, day out is tough, and coming up with new ways of saying the same thing is hard!
Even Anthony Bourdain, in our interview yesterday, himself admitted to using tired adjectives all too often: "Any time you start forming the word unctuous, sublime, crunchy, it's time to hang up your hat.... You'll see on my show more and more I just look at the camera and say, 'Boy, that's really good.'"
But for us, "delicious" as a word was completely destroyed after seeing that "Sandra-Lee-Induced Seizure" compilation video that made the rounds last year. Whenever we hear or read that word, we think of how she says it, duhlishus, duhlishus, duhlishus. A quick reminder:
Video: Sandra-Lee-Induced Seizure