Unctuous Rant

I remember "unctuous" during my SAT vocab lessons as meaning oily or greasy in a bad way. Ratso Rizzo from Midnight Cowboy is another example of unctuous. When the pork belly craze in the early 2000's started unctuous took on a meaning of umami, rich, heavily braised, or porky. Anyone else want to stop seeing this word used incorrectly? Any other food words you see misused as much as this one?

I saw a previous posting similar to this on talk but when I came across unctuous this morning classically misused in the article about Di Palo pasta I wanted to reignite the fire.



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