Lunchtime Lexicon: The OED adds foodie words to the menu
April 6, 2011 23:39

Four times per year, editors update entries and add new words to the Oxford English Dictionary. Filtered through a fine sieve, the lingo that makes the cut often reflects the current cultural trends. This time around, the OED added to the menu some delicious new terms. Here are four of Flavorly’s foodie favorites:

Babycino Pronunciation:/beɪbɪˈtʃiːnəʊ/ 
noun (plural babycinos) a drink of hot milk that has been frothed up with pressurized steam, intended for children: naturally, all the kids enjoyed their babycinos
Origin: 1990s: blend of BABY and CAPPUCCINO

Muffin Top
noun a roll of fat visible above the top of a pair of women's tight-fitting low-waisted pants

Nom nom Pronunciation:/ˈnäm ˌnäm, /
exclamation (also om nom nom) used to express pleasure at eating, or at the prospect of eating, delicious food: chili and cornbread for dinner, nom nom!
noun (nom noms) Delicious food: there were all kinds of nom noms—onion rings, hot dogs, burgers, and fries
Origin: early 21st century: probably imitative but apparently also popularized by the noises made by the Cookie Monster character in the children's television program Sesame Street. Compare with  yum   

Sammich Pronunciation:/ˈsamiCH, /  
noun a sandwich: jonesing for a pastrami sammich
Origin: 1940s: representing a pronunciation of sandwich   

And keep calm if you drop your sammich. "The OED now acknowledges the ten- (or three-, five- etc.) second rule... which allows for the eating of a delicious morsel that has fallen to the floor, provided that it is retrieved within the specified period of time."