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Eat Your Words: Investigative and Chop

Eat Your Words: Investigative and Chop

Eat your words

Devouring books and crafting meals is great -- but sounding smart while you do it is even better. That’s why we’re teaching you to eat your words. In this weekly guide, we bring you literary devices and culinary terms everyone should know.


Investigative (adjective): a type of writing driven by the desire to examine in detail, study, or dig into systematically.

Example: "Investigative" is a description typically applied to journalism pieces that seek to expose hidden truths about various subjects. That kind of investigation is akin to hunting; it involves identifying and tracking targets, learning their patterns, and discovering their vulnerabilities. Sometimes, such research results in career-destroying reports. Other times, writers use it to "tell funny stories about serious things." That's how Jon Ronson, author of Lost At Sea, described his own work – in response to Daily Show host Jon Stewart calling him an "investigative satirist." That's a title I could live with.


Chop (verb): to cut foods into little, evenly-sized chunks.

Example: You must be thinking, "'Chop'? Why would she define a word as simple as 'chop'?" Surprisingly (or not, if you're a culinary genius), "chop" is not a generic word for cutting things up. Chopped foods are characterized by their even pieces, but differentiated from cubed foods because they aren't cut into 1 to 2 cm cubes and from diced foods because they aren't cut into cubes smaller than 1 cm. In her peanut butter apple crisp recipe, Katie chopped the apples into even wedges before baking the whole concotion. See?

Cinnamon apples

See past Eat Your Words installments here.

Sources: Dictionary.com | Cook Stuff

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