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The Two Most Important Food Words Have Been Added to the Dictionary

Two of the best foods in the whole world are now officially words in the 11th iteration of the Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary. Joining 148 other new (less important) words like turducken and freegan, the food world is making its mark this year, along with the ever-expanding requisite bunch of social media terms.

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According to TIME, Merriam-Webster's newest edition will add the words pho and poutine to its roster.

According to the dictionary, pho is "a soup made of beef or chicken broth and rice noodles." While we feel like that's totally oversimplifying the amazing Vietnamese classic, we're happy to see it represented.

Poutine was also added into the dictionary as a chiefly Canadian "dish of French fries covered with brown gravy and cheese curds." This simplistic definition is actually spot on, so please stop using shredded cheese and country gravy and calling it poutine because it's not.

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Heather Hoch is a music, food, and arts writer based in Tucson. She enjoys soup, scotch, Electric Light Orchestra, and walking her dog, Frodo.
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