Barry Popik

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2010

    Ask the Critics: Where Does the Word 'Busboy' Come From?

    ​Welcome to this week's installment of Ask the Critics. (Read the whole series here.) If you have a question you'd like to see answered in this column, just email us. This week, Anil M. asks: What's the origin of the word "busboy" or "to bus" a table? What an interesting question! Frankly, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2009

    Whence the 'Hockey Puck'....

    yogma/flickr​In honor, perhaps, of the season's last barbecue weekend, Fork in the Road's favorite etymologist and Oxford English Dictionary contributor Barry Popik enlightens on the origins of the term "hockey puck" in reference to a burger, especially one that is well done (read: overcooked) ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2009

    The 'F' Word & Its Etymological Roots

    No, not that 'F' word. We're referring to the dreaded term: foodie. While we can't stand how eager people are to slap this ubiquitous label onto themselves, we have to agree with Adam Kuban that sometimes it's just a good fit. According to etymologist Barry Popik, we can credit former New York magaz ... More >>

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