Rachael Ray Gets the Word

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Prolific phenom Rachael Ray -- with 13 cookbooks, a lifestyle magazine, three television programs and branded cookware, appliances and cutlery -- has officially become a wordsmith. One of her catchphrases will be immortalized in the 2007 edition of the Oxford American College Dictionary. That would be EVOO, short for extra-virgin olive oil.

"It's C-O-O-L," Ray writes us in an e-mail. Unlike "yummo," another of her favorites, EVOO "is not a made-up word anymore," she writes. She calls the term "a time-saver. It's a mouthful to say extra-virgin olive oil over and over again," especially when it is your "most important kitchen ingredient."

Early this month, Erin McKean, editor in chief of Oxford University Press, presented Ray with a certificate, saying: "We look at thousands of words every year, and very few of them get in. It has to be useful to people, and we see people using EVOO."

We're thinking "Oh, my gravy" is bound to be considered next.

-- Walter Nicholls

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