Dear People Who Describe Non-Food Things as “Delicious”,
Your phrasing makes me shudder. Apparently, anything and everything can and should be described as “delicious”. I don’t particularly feel like going into the dictionary’s definition of the word, as it is broad and can really support both sides of this argument. However, I want you to give the following phrases some thought:
“This wallaby cordon bleu is delicious!”
“This fur coat is delicious!”
“Those boots are delicious!”
“That fifteen-layer, chocolate-strawberry-pâté de foie gras cake is delicious!”
“Your baby is delicious!”
Now, I don’t know about you, but I imagined someone eating each subject as I wrote the above sentences. And, that’s the problem, really. Even though the word “delicious” has a just-barely-vague-enough definition to allow for non-food applications, it is so widely used to describe food in America, that it really shouldn’t be used for anything else.
Because, really, the mental image of someone eating a fur coat or my friend’s baby is simply horrible.
Please, please find other adjectives. They exist in abundance.