A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from October 22, 2018
“Was ‘artisanal’ coined as an ‘art is anal’ joke?”

"Artisanal” food supposedly comes from “artisans.” Many people do not like the term, and other have pointed out that it can be broken up to read “art is anal.”

“Is it me, or does ‘artisinal’ actually spell ‘art’, “‘s’, ‘anal’” was posted on Twitter by Page Murray on June 11, 2009. “Just finished dinner at Artisinal (nice restaurant). Son just pointed out that it spells ‘art is anal’” was posted on Twitter by Lauren Gilbert on January 30, 2010. “Do you think the person who coined the word ‘artisanal’ did it because it accurately describes the ‘art is anal’?” was posted on Reddit—Dad Jokes on October 22, 2018.


Wikipedia: Artisanal food
Artisanal food encompasses breads, cheeses, fruit preserves, cured meats, beverages, oils, and vinegars that are made by hand using traditional methods by skilled craftworkers, known as food artisans. The foodstuff material from farmers and backyard growers can include fruit, grains and flours, milks for cheese, cured meats, fish, beverages, oils, and vinegars. The movement is focused on providing farm to fork type foods with locally sourced products that benefit the consumer, small scale growers and producers, and the local economy.

Twitter
Page Murray
@regularcoffee
Is it me, or does “artisinal” actually spell “art”, “is”, “anal”.
10:19 PM - 11 Jun 2009

Twitter
Lauren Gilbert
@UffishL
Just finished dinner at Artisinal (nice restaurant). Son just pointed out that it spells “art is anal.”
9:32 PM - 30 Jan 2010

The Atlantic
Artisanal Won’t Die
A long, long, long time ago (like, last year) I wrote an obituary for the word artisanal. It seemed high time to declare it dead and get on with our lives. And yet, it has become clear in the months that have followed that artisanal is not dead. Artisanal may, instead, be undead.
JEN DOLL
APR 3, 2013
A long, long, long time ago (like, last year) I wrote an obituary for the word Artisanal. It seemed high time to declare the word dead and get on with our lives. And yet, it has become clear in the months that have followed that even if Artisanal did die, Artisanal has a radioactive half-life so powerful that it could for years sustain full-fledged underground communities of humans making bread from hand-picked cornhusks and locally sifted flour.

Twitter
jodi green
@jodilicious
The phrase “artisanal cheeses” makes me want to die laughing. Also @peteZed and I always pronounce “artisinal” like 3 words: “art is anal”.
9:19 PM - 6 May 2013

CUESA
JANUARY 22, 2014
What Does “Artisanal” Mean, Anyway?
Brie Mazurek, CUESA Staff
Last December, the New York Times offered a list of words for the dumpster, tired and worn-out terms ready for retirement in 2014. Topping the list was “artisan,” a term used in the marketing of products ranging from small-batch pickles and preserves to Tostitos tortilla chips and Starbucks sandwiches.

Regardless of mainstream attempts to co-opt the label, a truly artisanal food movement—based in craft, community, tradition, and innovation—is alive and kicking.

Google Books
Penguins with People Problems
By Mary Laura Philpott
New York, NY: A Perigee Book
2015
Pg. ?:
Serving. a cocktail in a mason jar and calling it “artisanal” doesn’t make it worth $21. But it does make you notice that it’s spelled “art is anal.”

Twitter
JDB
@JDBooie
[after a big fight]
ME: I guess we can go to that art is anal vegan restaurant you like
GF: It’s ‘artisinal’
ME:
GF:
ME:
EX GF:
ME: We tried
11:50 PM - 7 Jun 2016

Reddit—Dad Jokes
Do you think the person who coined the word ‘artisanal’ did it because it accurately describes the “art is anal”? (self.dadjokes)
submitted October 22, 2018 by Jaerin

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • Monday, October 22, 2018 • Permalink


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