“Let me grab some food and I’ll be back to the meeting in a minute.” Or “I was in the cafeteria shoveling down a pizza.”
Wherever used, these common saying express something different from the natural, enjoyable, sociable act of nutrition, suggesting that the act of eating is viewed as a waste of time in our fast-paced routine, bringing us to put a large quantity of food in the mouth quickly, rather than taking the time to savor it – and our dining companions!
Here are some other expressions of American food-related language I’ve “recorded” in my everyday life that express people’s relationship with food and eating.
- “Are you still working on it?” – the typical waiter question at the end of the meal when the dish is not completely clean yet. We do not Work on food! We Taste food, and it’s a moment of sociability and relaxation!
- “He polished off the whole cake.” It sounds as if he finished a lot of food quickly!
- “Grab you lunch on the go, quickly inhaling your food.” Inhale the food, just how we inhale air to breathe…amazing!
- “Made from scratch.” This has a positive value, something we cooked, not just heated or microwaved…but not sure about “scratch.” Would “made from fresh ingredients” sound better?