Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Acquired tastes

I'd just like to point out, for the benefit of posterity and on the off-chance that my children ever read this, that "It's an acquired taste" can be translated as "this stuff is completely disgusting, but people eat/drink/snort/inject/whatever it anyway" about 99% of the time.

Anyone who disagrees is welcome to offer counter-examples in the comments.


  1. You forget ". . . anyway because they want other people to think they are sophisticated."

    I honestly thing most "acquired tastes" were started as a joke which quickly got out of hand and now we're all trying to pretend we just love cheese that smells like rotting feet and sheep eyeballs.

  2. Oh, good point. Though I think the "joke that got out of hand" bit is more applicable to "local delicacies" than "acquired tastes"... but on the other hand, there's a lot of overlap in those two categories.

  3. Ummm....errrrr....cheese that smells like rotting feet? Sheep eyeballs? You can keep 'em. I won't even deprive you by tasting it. It's all yours! LOL!

    Seriously, I tried smoking as a kid. The first puff made me cough my head off. I wondered why the heck anybody takes the second puff. Not interested. Anything that smells like things that are waste products is not fit for consumption. My granddad loved chitterlings. My grandmother would cook them for him. Never could figure out how he could put something in his mouth that smelled so bad cooking. Gag a million maggots.

  4. Yep. Ever had this conversation?
    "It's an acquired taste."
    "Who'd want to acquire it?"

  5. I've had haggis a number of times. There is no acquiring that taste.

  6. When I say maple syrup is an acquired taste, I mean "I don't like it that much, but I can see why others would, and I suspect the taste would grow on me if I ate it more often." People who were born and raised in Canada (I moved there in my early teens) tend to be shocked at even that much dislike. I guess I'm being unpatriotic.


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