“Dad Bod” Among Words Added By Merriam-Webster

The Washington Post reports:

It’s clear that the pandemic has changed dining as we know it, sometimes in potentially permanent ways. Now, so many of the catchphrases we got to know while eating in the covid era are making their way into the firmament of the lexicon.

Ever order a burger from a “ghost kitchen” for “curbside delivery”? Merriam-Webster is enshrining both those expressions in its dictionary, two of a crop of food-related words that seem to capture our collective moment.

Some people might blame all those curbside pickups for the ascendance of another food-adjacent entry for 2021: “Dad bod,” which the dictionary identifies as “a physique regarded as typical of an average father; especially: one that is slightly overweight and not extremely muscular.”

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