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Published: Thursday May 22, 2014 MYT 8:45:00 AM
Updated: Thursday May 22, 2014 MYT 9:10:54 AM

Food is the word: Pho, poutine and turducken in dictionary

Merriam-Webster includes these new food terms into its list.

It’s taken a while for editors at Merriam-Webster dictionary to legitimise it, but the Frankenstein-ish, cannibalising American holiday dish that stuffs a boneless chicken into a boneless duck into a boneless turkey has finally been recognised as a real word. (Watch the video below on how the dish is constructed.)

In addition to “turducken”, other food terms admitted into the 2014 edition of the US dictionary include “pho”, a popular Vietnamese dish of rice noodles in a savoury broth, and “poutine”, a French-Canadian dish that covers fries with cheese curds and smothers the whole lot in hot gravy.

Pho (left) and poutine. – Photos AFP

In March, the new food-related words admitted into the Oxford English Dictionary included the “Coney dog” (a hot dog topped with bean-less meat chili, diced white onions and a squirt of yellow mustard), and a slew of derivatives of the word honey (“honey mustard,” “honey-roasted”, “honey-sweetened” etc).

Merriam-Webster is hosting a conversation about this year’s new word inductees on Twitter with the hashtag (incidentally also a 2014 inductee) #MW2014NewWords. – AFP Relaxnews

Tags / Keywords: Lifestyle, Merriam-Webster dictionary, new food terms, pho, poutine, turducken

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