In George Orwell's essay, Politics in the English Language in a section on "pretentious diction" he says "Bad writers ... are nearly always haunted by the notion that Latin or Greek words are grander than Saxon ones"
In the most recent Flavours issue I had an article (www.flavoursmagazine.ca) about crusts. Yummy ways to add crispy crusts to dishes. I submitted a recipe for "stinky mac and cheese" I make a dish at the restaurant in which I use all the ends and scraps from the cheeses we use for our cheese board. This makes a wonderfully rich and stinky version of the classic mac and cheese. When Brandon Boone, a man who I respect and admire, edited the article, he changed my word "stinky" to "pungent."
"Pungent Mac and Cheese"
Mr. Boone thought that sounded better. I think it sounds gross.
When people talk about cheese, we often refer to the sharper cheeses as "stinky". We rarely use the word pungent to describe food. The only time I might use the word pungent would be to say something like "the chicken that we forgot at the back of the fridge, was particularly pungent"
So, now it is up to you, gentle blog-followers, to settle this matter once and for all.
Is "pungent" a better word than "stinky". Does "Pungent Mac and Cheese" sound tastier than "Stinky Mac and Cheese". Join in on this online poll. Comment on this post with your preferences or arguments. Is there a better word than either of these two?
Let the games begin.
check out the whole essay at www.orwell.ru/library/essays/politics/english/e_polit It is a great essay which seems even more relevant today than when it was written over 60 years ago.
Photo of Mac and Cheese from Flavours Magazine, taken by Brian Gould