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The language of food is changing at breakneck speed to reflect new menus, new mash-ups, new diets, new hashtags.

“We need new words and labels to give voice to our food obsessions and anxieties,” said Josh Friedland, the author of the new book “Eatymology: The Dictionary of Modern Gastronomy.” “And we especially need more words to describe gastronomic emoting,” like “hangry.”

(Mr. Friedland said he himself suffers from “Nordepression,” a state of acute ennui brought on by the words “new Nordic cuisine.”)

Dictionaries don’t always keep up, but adopted plenty of food slang this year, such as “cakehole” and “cheffy.” And this year’s long-awaited revision of the Scrabble Tournament and Club Word List added useful food words like paczki (23 points), mojito (15 points) and yuzu (16 points).

Here are the 10 most interesting food words that arrived (and stayed) on our radar this year:

CAT CAFE (n.) A concept imported from Asia (where many new residential buildings do not allow pets). This is a high-end coffee bar where patrons can also enjoy the attention of free-roaming cats. A cat cafe, Meow Parlour, opened in Manhattan in December 2014. Added in 2015.

CLIMATARIAN (n.) A diet whose primary goal is to reverse climate change. This includes eating locally produced food (to reduce energy spent in transportation), choosing pork and poultry instead of beef and lamb (to limit gas emissions), and using every part of ingredients (apple cores, cheese rinds, etc.) to limit food wasteContinue reading the main story.

Read the full article by Julia Moskin in the New York Times December 15 2015 here

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