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Offline taregg

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which word is correct ...the cookies taste crunchy....or
the cookies taste cirspy.g
« Last Edit: 24/03/2013 23:34:28 by chris »


 

Offline David Cooper

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Re: what is diffrence meaning between ..crunchy and cirspy.
« Reply #1 on: 22/03/2013 18:12:47 »
Do you mean crispy? Things don't taste crunchy or crispy, but feel and sound crunchy or crispy. Crisps crunch, so saying something is crispy isn't all that different from saying it's crunchy, although crunchy things needn't be quite so solid to start with - there may just be crunchy pieces in a more slodgy material, whereas crispy suggests the material starts as a more uniform solid.
 

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Re: what is diffrence meaning between ..crunchy and cirspy.
« Reply #2 on: 22/03/2013 18:50:58 »
You wouldn't normally say cookies are crispy but you can say they are crunchy.  Taste depends what they are made of - things taste of chocolate or strawberries etc.  Crispy and crunchy describe texture - how something feels. 

 

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Re: what is diffrence meaning between ..crunchy and cirspy.
« Reply #3 on: 22/03/2013 23:16:19 »
which word is correct ...the cookies taste crunchy....or
the cookies taste cirspy.g
As others have noted, the difference is in the character of it's texture. For me at least, the cookie will have a crunchy texture, while a potato chip will define something crispy. The difference is similar to the distinction between cracking and crumbling.
 

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Re: what is diffrence meaning between ..crunchy and cirspy.
« Reply #4 on: 23/03/2013 05:18:29 »
To take a more scientific approach to this highly subjective topic, would it be fair to say that:
  • "crispy" things have more high-frequency sounds when they are crushed
  • while "crunchy" things produce more low-frequency sounds?
...of course a real scientist would do the experiment first!
 

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Re: what is diffrence meaning between ..crunchy and cirspy.
« Reply #5 on: 23/03/2013 05:47:55 »

...of course a real scientist would do the experiment first!
Now that's a science experiment that I'm sure will gain much sincere attention??
 

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Linguistically - or perhaps more accurately stylistically (mumble mumble pedantically is more like it) - crispy is not a nice word.  The adjective is crisp - you do not need to create another adjective by adding a y.  The food stuff was named for the adjective; a crisp is a deep-fried potato slice which is crisp.  But the potato-crisp is so common that we backformed an additional adjective that describes objects that are similar to potato-crisps - "crispy"- seemingly unaware that a perfectly good word already existed. 

sorry about that - I do need to let off pedant steam on occasions
 

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I think crispy is just a wafer thin food, able to be broken with a light pressure of the teeth, and crunchy takes a substantial bite. So scientifically it is the density, crunchy being much more denser than crispy.
 

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