Remember when you used to get angry but you were really just hungry—and there was no word for that? And then suddenly you heard someone use “hangry” and felt like maybe your mood swings weren’t so crazy after all. Well, last week, The New York Times’ Julia Moskin wrote about new food-related phrases that finally made it into the dictionary in 2015. And, yes, hangry made the list (it’s right here) along with wine o’clock (the time when you are ready to drink wine) and zarf (the cardboard sleeve that slips over a coffee cup and keeps your palm from burning).
Growing up in the 1980s, there was another word for these kinds of words: sniglets. The formal term would be neologisms—words that should be in the dictionary but aren’t. Chances are you’ve coined one of these in the past, too; they are certainly popular among chefs, bartenders, food lovers and word geeks (check Urban Dictionary and you may find that someone else crafted a definition for one of “your” terms long before you did). With that in mind, I asked friends and colleagues to send me their words-that-should-exist suggestions, and added a few myself.
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Al Desko (adj.) Dining at one’s desk. As in: “While the diners enjoy their fare al fresco, outdoors surrounded by pleasant weather, restaurant workers take their lunch al desko to make up for their lack of time to rest and relax over a meal.” —Mark Steuer, chef de cuisine at La Sirena Clandestina