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In a video shared by Mental Floss, Justin Dodd explains the origins of various culinary terms that you may not have stopped to consider before.

One interesting thing about language as a whole is that we use certain words and phrases every day but we never stop to think about where they came from. Some of the phrases are common cooking expressions, like “baker’s dozen” and “barbecue.”

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Even those who do not consider themselves to be the most experienced cooks in the world are going to be very familiar with the terms that Dodd covers in the video below.

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Many of us have spent more time in the kitchen since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, so there’s really no better time to brush up on even more culinary knowledge!

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And in case you were wondering, we have managed to bump ourselves up from beginner status to intermediate. “Amuse-bouche, barbecue, umami… where do these delightful culinary words come from? Let’s explore the history of these terms (and more) in this episode of Food History,” the caption reads and we are right there with them!

Check it out for yourself in the video below:

Which phrase or word origin surprised you the most? Let us know!

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