|Some perfectly good uses of "Delicious" from the OED|
I have a serious problem with the ever-presence of "delicious" and "amazing" in commercials, emails, social updates, and even conversations. I would rant at you, but these texts messages might explain better.
Saturday, February 18. Robyn and Erica discuss words, croissants, etc.
R: Haha. I think [croissants] are about equal parts butter and flour.
E: Mostly. And delicious. Don't you hate that word?
R: I do hate delicious as applied to food and especially drink. It was just gross sounding at first, but now people say it constantly so it's even worse.
E: Speaking of bad words, parry gripp, lead singer of nerfherder has reinvented himself and has a song called nom nom nom nom nom nom. Disgusting.
R: That is sick. I'm also tired of people saying everything is "amazing." It's like the educated person's cool word. If something is "amazing," it better be goddamn good.
E: People don't know how to describe anything anymore. "these croissants are amazingly delicious!"
E: nom nom.
R: LOLOLOLOL!!!!!! [This is hilarious to us because we NEVER use LOL in earnest. Like, never.]
E: Haha! Ewwwww. This is a deliciously disgusting conversation.
R: Now that is a good use of delicious. I like delicious air or a delicious morning. Or Dean Martin: "Gosh your lips are...delicious!"
E: To me that line makes me picture him chewing on her lips.
R: Certainly. But at least he isn't nomming on a delicious beer.
E: I guess I can only associate it with food.
R: I think people should use words that more precisely describe flavor. Savory, sweet, aromatic, pungent...they've replaced them all with one word.
E: Ugh. True. I'm so glad you have superb word taste.
R: I want to blog our conversation. I was on the verge of writing about both delicious and amazing and this about covers it.
E: I was just thinking what a good conversation this is. And I was going to describe my beer as definitively Midwestern with a cheap but not unattractive taste. The wide mouth delivers its lackluster liquid languidly to my lips.
R: A perfect description. I think you hit the nail on the head, that it is the power of description that people have lost. Probably along with observation.
E: I know.
Erica knows. Now go forth and use some good words. Preferably ones that aren't vague. And even more preferably, ones we haven't heard sixteen times today.