Monday, April 30, 2012


Suggested by Chris H.

Definition: (from
1. to chew
2. to reduce to a pulp by crushing or kneading, as rubber

"On our dinner date he said I was very good at masticating."
"I told him if he used that language at the dinner table he could go masticate by himself."

Origin: (from
"1640s, back-formation from mastication, or else from Late Latin masticatus, past participle of masticare 'to chew.'"

Awkwardness rating: 8

It's hard to masticate politely when eating a cheesesteak. (

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