Welcome to Proofessor’s school of English slang. My name is Richard Cooper and today we are going to look at how to describe food as nice. So imagine you have gone to someone’s home and they have cooked some food for you. Normally, they will say “so how is the food”? But even if they don’t ask, they will still be expecting you, to make a comment on the food that they have cooked for you.
You could say “this food is nice”. However, this is just an average compliment and means that although you like the food, the food is nothing special.
A very typical response would be to say “the food is delicious”. Delicious just means very very nice, or very tasty.
You could be formal and say “this food is excellent” or “this food is wonderful”. These are both very formal and clear ways of letting someone know that you like the food.
Another formal word is exquisite. For example “This dish is exquisite”. This is a great word as it means something is beautiful, excellent and flawless all in one. If you tell someone that their food is exquisite it means that you really enjoy the food. Be careful though, if your friend thinks you find their food exquisite they may try to get you to eat more and even give you the recipe on how to cook it. I would suggest you only say something is exquisite if you are really being honest.
Another good word for food that tastes amazing is divine. For example “This dish is divine”. Divine roughly means from God or like God. So if you say “this dish is divine”, It means it tastes as good as food in heaven. Or it is food fit for the Gods. Often people describe their favourite food as divine. For example, “Haagan Daz ice-cream is divine”.
You could say “this food is yummy”. However, this is a little childish as this is the word that most small kids use when they like food. For example “these chips are yummy, I want more”.
Some people say “this food is finger – licking good”. This normally applies to food that you eat with your hands like fried chicken. When you eat the chicken some of flavouring goes onto your hands. After you have finished eating, if it is really tasty you may want to lick your hands to taste more. This is when you would describe food as “finger licking good”.
If you are with close friends you could use informal slang expressions. For example you could say “this dish is the shit” or simply “this is the shit”. This is a compliment and it means this food is the best. You can also use this expression in other situations. For example, when recommending a restaurant. I could say “you have got to try this restaurant, it is the shit”. This means this restaurant is the best or it is really good. However, be careful you must say the whole sentence “this is the shit”. If you just say “this is shit” then the meaning totally changes. “this is shit” means this is terrible. So if someone says “how is the food” and you say “this food is shit”, then you are calling their food terrible which is an insult. So please remember to include the. “This is the shit”.
Another informal phrase is “this is the bomb” or “this food is the bomb”. It also means this food is the best. “this is the bomb” means exactly the same as “this is the shit”.
So in summary if you are with close friends you can say “this is the shit” or “this is the bomb”. However, in a formal situation like the workplace, use words like “divine” and “delicious”.
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