Philip Newton (pne) wrote,
Philip Newton
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Flavour of the month

Interesting thread on Slashdot about flavours of things.

Basically arguing that nowadays, after having been exposed to artificial flavours for so long, people expect, say, red things to taste a certain way, even though that taste isn't typically much like any natural flavour (e.g. strawberry or cherry). So the things just taste "red".

(On a related note, I typically expect banana-flavoured things to taste of banana flavour, rather than of banana; the two are fairly different, at least to me, but banana flavour certainly tastes recognisable and I'd identify it as "banana flavour" even if it doesn't taste much like bananas.)

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