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    #1

    Do you use the word "delicious"?

    Dear all,

    I'd like to ask native speakers of English if they use the word "delicious" to refer to good taste of food.

    In my impression, native English speakers tend to say, "This tastes good" rather than "This tastes delicious" or "This is delicious". So I asked an American guy who was born and raised in LA if he says "delicious". His reply was more extreme than I had expected. He said he had almost never used the word "delicious" before becoming an English teacher. (Currently he is in his early forties.) To him, "This tastes delicious" and "It is delicious" sound like very textbook style expressions.

    Do you agree with him? Is "delicious" a word that is hardly ever used by native speakers in real communication?

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    #2

    Re: Do you use the word "delicious"?

    I use it.

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    #3

    Re: Do you use the word "delicious"?

    I use it too.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #4

    Re: Do you use the word "delicious"?

    It's common enough. "Delicious" is a step up from just "tastes good."

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    #5

    Re: Do you use the word "delicious"?

    Quote Originally Posted by optimistic pessimist View Post
    I'd like to ask native speakers of English if they use the word "delicious" to refer to good taste of food.
    Only if the food is delicious. Not really sure what else you could use it to describe if you didn't use it for food.

    Quote Originally Posted by optimistic pessimist View Post
    Do you agree with him? Is "delicious" a word that is hardly ever used by native speakers in real communication?
    No. Apparently he needs to find a better cook.
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    #6

    Re: Do you use the word "delicious"?

    Quote Originally Posted by optimistic pessimist View Post
    I'd like to ask native speakers of English if they use the word "delicious" to refer to good taste of food.
    Yes, I do...

    ... but I once had a class of students who were going to write something about food, and I forbade them the use of this word. The reason was that it seemed to be the only word they used for food that they considered tasted okay or better.

    My purpose was to push them to dig around and put more of their vocabulary to use; there's nothing wrong with the word itself.

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    #7

    Re: Do you use the word "delicious"?

    That rings a bell with me from my time in China some years ago. I got to really dislike (very) delicious ​because I heard it so often from my students.

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    #8

    Re: Do you use the word "delicious"?

    Quote Originally Posted by optimistic pessimist View Post
    Do you agree with him? Is "delicious" a word that is hardly ever used by native speakers in real communication?
    No, but, in answer to your second question, I don't use it all the time. I would reserve it for something special, which could either be great food or a desire to be particularly polite.

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    #9

    Re: Do you use the word "delicious"?

    Delicious​ is commonly used about food in American English, but only for food that tastes exceptionally good.
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    #10

    Re: Do you use the word "delicious"?

    Quote Originally Posted by Skrej View Post
    Only if the food is delicious. Not really sure what else you could use it to describe if you didn't use it for food.
    Its French cognate can be used for food, but it can also translate as "delightful". This can lead to some delightful translation faux pas​ when applied, for example, to a lovely young woman.
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