Also it’s kind of fun to do these little linky-with-no-headline posts (at Curbed, we call them Quicklinks). In that spirit: Friday was Eater National editor Raphael Brion’s last day at Eater. Raphael is the creator and keeper of Eater’s Banned Words List, a document so valuable that in 2011, we had it insured. Raphael always swore that on his last day at Eater, he’d publish it. And so he did. The response to the list has been enjoyable to follow, even if all this does mean that we just lost our most valuable trade secret and it will kill me if Grub Street finally learns never to use the word toque.

  • fredwilson

    how does a list like that get created? does it start with a banned word or two and then grows over time as the editor comes across more words he or she despises?

    • Lock

      That’s all Raphael, and what any great editor might do. I think it grew out of his frustration with food media in general and then from his desire, as Eater’s contributor list grew, at least not to see the words on the website he controlled. He added to it over the years.