Friday, November 9, 2007

Strange English: Crispy English

You can use "crisp" to describe many things. Food, weather, paper, people's personalities...

  • I like to eat my cereal quickly, while it's still crisp. If it sits in milk too long, it gets soggy.
  • It's finally fall! The air is crisp and cold.
  • You can tell this book has been well-loved. Its pages are soft and curled, no longer crisp.
  • Her attitude was crisp when I told her I was coming in late.
But you can only use "crispy" for foods--maybe only a few foods.
  • Potato chips, lettuce, deep-fried foods, and maybe apples can be crispy.
Why? I have no idea. But if you call anything else other than food "crispy," it sounds totally weird.

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