Seems all us food bloggists have words on the brain this week. Better than fixating on how long it will be before we'll see a local strawberry, I suppose. I went on a rant earlier in the week about cutesie usage; the Chicago Trib takes on mispronunciations, which the Guardian then picks up and runs with, doubtless doing something soccerish footballish in the process.
Swap out spaghetti for celery sticks. Substitute garlic with library paste.
When I saw that the NY Times had caved in on the use of "swap out" in the same issue in which they used "flaunt" instead of "flout," I knew that the world was going to hell in an even faster handbasket than I had thought possible. "Substitute with" is equally awful. There's worse, though.
Second-most annoying is the breathless, silly "Think." Thirsty? Think: Water! Hungry? Think: Food! Whoever came up with that should be allowed to read nothing but Dick and Jane for the rest of her (and I'll bet my last clove of garlic that it's a her, too) life, because that is the intellectual level of this inane phrase.
And, lastly, "This is not your hoary old ancestor's _____." Yes, everything that came before was bad. Filled with glass shards. Dusty. Raw. I even learned from a breathlessVictoria Blashford-Snell (yes, everything in Wodehouse is absolutely true), via the Independent, that ten years ago no one had heard of canapes. I guess I'm going to have to toss my 1940 edition of James' Beard's H'ors d'Oeuvres and Canapes right out the window and into a puddle.