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Can You “Accessorize” a Fish Taco?

My wife and daughter consider my daughter a fashionista, even though she doesn’t work in the fashion industry (and is just a teenager). Still, when my wife wants to know if clothes match, she asks our daughter.

My daughter might know what clothes look good, but she can’t use the same terms when talking about food.

Recently, at a Las Vegas buffet, my wife asked our daughter is there were any fish tacos. My daughter said there was fish, and she could take it over to the taco section and accessorize her fish taco.

I had never heard anyone accessorize food, and I wondered if she was using the word correctly. She didn’t think she was but couldn’t come up with the right word at that moment.

So, I looked it up. Accessorize means “an article or set of articles of dress, as gloves, earrings, or a scarf, that adds completeness, convenience, attractiveness, etc., to one’s basic outfit.”

The word she was looking for was garnish, which means “to provide (a food) with something that adds flavor, decorative color, etc.” I originally thought garnish referred to something next to the food, but the definition says otherwise.

By the way, my wife didn’t make a fish taco.

Until next time! Use the right words!


September 2, 2014 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , ,

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