By many definitions, a house doesn't have quite the cozy appeal as a home. House sweet house just doesn't have the same ring to it. But more menus are advertising "housemade" this or that, instead of the generic homemade. As Newsweek points out, the artisanal adjective has yet to appear in Merriam-Webster (so technically, it should be house-made until baptized a real word), but homemade will no longer suffice.
"The word has lost its meaning," said Brian Bistrong of Braeburn in Manhattan, who argues that it sounds either amateurish (Aunt Edna's homemade pie) or hokey (Chevy's homemade ranch dressing). "Housemade has more cachet," he says. When you read "housemade" does it fill you with rustic backyard porch warmth and feel-goodness? Or are you over the linguistics? Can we just settle on dwelling-made?
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