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Eat Your Words: Onomatopoeia and Chili

Eat Your Words: Onomatopoeia and Chili

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 introduce one literary device (PAPER) and one culinary term (PLATES) everyone should know.

Onomatopoeia (noun): a word that sounds similar to the sound it depicts.

Example: Amy Cavanaugh says this week's recommended read, Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, is full of onomatopoeia. The story takes place inside a football stadium during a major game, a setting that naturally lends itself to loudness. Some of our favorite onomatopoeia words are: BOOM, ZIP and BUZZ.

Chili (noun): a spicy stew, traditionally meat-heavy, that is cooked with peppers and varies depending on the region.

Example: Amy's green chicken chilidiffers from traditional recipes in its use of white meat rather than beef. According to the International Chili Society, various types of chilis and salsas have strict definitions, which can be seen here. If you're planning to compete in an official chili cook-off, better make sure you have the rules straight first!

See past installments by visiting our Eat Your Words archive!

Sources: Literary Devices | International Chili Society

The Yacoubian Building & Koshary in Garlic-Tomato Sauce

The Yacoubian Building & Koshary in Garlic-Tomato Sauce

Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk & Green Chicken Chili

Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk & Green Chicken Chili