The witty and skillful Helen Zaltzman, host of The Allusionist language podcast, recently invited me on the show to talk about “novelty spellings for foods-that-aren’t-made-out-of-the-things-they-sound-like-they’re-made-out-of”—like chik’n, cheez, and mylk. The episode is now live and free for the listening here. You’ll hear me at the beginning and the end of the show (and in the coda, which Helen calls the Mini-llusionist). In between is a segment with the owner of a vegan restaurant in Ontario, Canada, who got into a bit of a bureaucratic dust-up over a menu item labeled “cheddar cheese.”
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More from me about food names here.