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Entry from November 17, 2020
“Aioli is just mayo that studied abroad”

Aioli (made from garlic, salt and olive oil) is similar to mayonnaise (made from oil, egg yolk, and an acid, either vinegar or lemon juice).

“Aioli is just mayonnaise that did a semester abroad and came back with an accent.  Don’t believe it” was posted on Twitter by Alan Adelberg on October 11, 2011. “Aioli is just mayonnaise that’s spent a semester abroad” was posted on Twitter by Dash Nye on September 7, 2014. “Aioli is just mayonnaise that did a semester abroad” was posted on Reddit—Showerthoughts on May 26, 2018. “aioli is just mayo that studied abroad” was posted on Twitter by Dana Schwartz on August 25, 2020, and this tweet went viral.

“Aioli is just bougie mayonnaise” and “Hollandaise sauce is just mayonnaise that did a semester abroad” are similar sayings.


Wikipedia: Aioli
Aioli, allioli or aïoli (/aɪˈoʊli/ or /eɪˈoʊli/; Provençal Occitan: alhòli [aˈʎɔli] or aiòli [aˈjɔli]; Catalan: allioli [ˌaʎiˈɔli]; Spanish: alioli [ˌaliˈoli]) is a sauce made of garlic, salt, and olive oil and found in the cuisines of the northwest Mediterranean, from Valencia to Calabria. The names mean “garlic and oil” in Catalan/Valencian and Provençal. It is found in the cuisines of the Mediterranean coasts of Spain (the Valencian Community, Catalonia, the Balearic Islands, Murcia and eastern Andalusia), France (Provence) and Italy (Sicily and Calabria). Some versions of the sauce are closer to a garlic mayonnaise, incorporating egg yolks and lemon juice, whereas other versions are without egg yolk and have more garlic. This gives the sauce a pastier texture, while making it more laborious to make as the emulsion is harder to stabilize. There are many variations, such as adding lemon juice or other seasonings. In France it may include mustard. It is served at room temperature.

Like mayonnaise, aioli is an emulsion or suspension of small globules of oil and oil-soluble compounds in water and water-soluble compounds.
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Since about 1990, it has become common in the United States to call all flavored mayonnaises aioli. Purists insist that flavored mayonnaise can contain garlic, but true aioli contains garlic and no other seasoning.

Wikipedia: Mayonnaise
Mayonnaise, informally mayo, is a thick cold sauce or dressing commonly used in sandwiches, hamburgers, composed salads, and on French fries. It also forms the base for many other sauces, such as tartar sauce, remoulade, salsa golf and rouille.

Twitter
Alan Adelberg
@alanadelberg
Replying to @KenMarino
@KenMarino Aioli is just mayonnaise that did a semester abroad and came back with an accent.  Don’t believe it.
1:18 PM · Oct 11, 2011·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
Max Lasker
@maxlasker
Aïoli is just Miracle Whip after a semester abroad.
10:23 AM · Feb 2, 2012·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
Dash Nye
@dash_nye
Aioli is just mayonnaise that’s spent a semester abroad.
7:34 PM · Sep 7, 2014·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
Daniel Carrillo
@DanielRCarrillo
Aioli is just mayonnaise that did a semester abroad.
12:41 PM · Jun 22, 2015·Twitter Web Client

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Ashley M
@aclay21
An aioli is just ranch that spent a semester abroad
9:13 PM · Jun 12, 2016·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
Blair Guild
@BlairGuild
Aioli is just mayonnaise that studied abroad
1:39 PM · Dec 21, 2017·Twitter Web Client

Reddit—Showerthoughts
Posted by u/DougIsMyVibrator May 26, 2018
Aioli is just mayonnaise that did a semester abroad.

Twitter
coogi svenghouli
@LoCStockn2SBrls
Aioli is just mayo that studied abroad for a semester, drank through most of it, and practiced the horizontal mambo with an adjunct.
3:58 PM · Oct 3, 2018·Twitter for iPhone

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sean
@avg_sean
Aioli is just mayonnaise that spent a summer abroad in Italy
4:36 PM · Apr 24, 2019·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
Himbo Slice
@DamnItRJ
Aioli is just mayonnaise that studied abroad in Italy for a semester.
3:55 PM · Aug 15, 2019·Twitter Web App

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Jimmy G
@jimmygards
Aioli is just mayonnaise that studied abroad and collects scarves.
1:07 PM · Jan 30, 2020·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
Dana Schwartz
@DanaSchwartzzz
aioli is just mayo that studied abroad
4:26 PM · Aug 25, 2020·Twitter Web App

Twitter
Andrea Schollnick
@adjster
Aioli is just mayonnaise’s cousin that studied abroad in France for a semester
11:03 AM · Nov 2, 2020·Twitter for iPhone

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sel
@Seleniuuummm
“Aioli is just mayonnaise that studied abroad”
7:15 PM · Nov 10, 2020·Twitter for iPhone

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