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Is "gamey" really such a bad thing?

Gamey is a bad word: I propose we not use the word "gamey" or "gamy". The problem is inherent in its definition: (from Webster's Dictionary) "having the flavor of game; especially : having the flavor of game near tainting." Despite Webster's putting italics around "especially," I've found people using it both ways--tastes like game, and tainted meat. So, the only way to understand what they mean is through context clues, which some people omit, solely relying on gamey to describe this taste they're referring to. When we talk about food, especially food that tastes like wild game, we should do our readers, or listeners, a favor and not use "gamey" without qualifying it; otherwise, it confuses people.

Oct 14, 2010
intrepidtech in General Topics