[Ads-l] Phrase: girl-dinner

Ben Zimmer bgzimmer at GMAIL.COM
Thu Sep 28 20:59:27 UTC 2023

And after "girl dinner" (and "boy dinner") came "girl math" (and "boy



On Thu, Sep 28, 2023 at 4:39 PM ADSGarson O'Toole <adsgarsonotoole at gmail.com>

> Website: The New Yorker
> One-Panel Cartoon by Emily Flake (e. flake)
> Date: September 28, 2023
> (Paywall)
> https://www.newyorker.com/cartoons/daily-cartoon/thursday-september-28th-girl-dinner
> (Image depicting two women. One woman is eating a sample from a table
> of food samples at a supermarket. The other woman is speaking. She is
> an employee who is giving out the food samples.)
> [Begin excerpt]
> "You can't just girl-dinner your way through my entire sample table."
> [End excerpt]
> Website: Washington Post
> Article: Girl Dinner is everything, so Girl Dinner is nothing
> Author: Emily Heil
> Timestamp: August 4, 2023 at 7:00 a.m. EDT
> (Paywall)
> https://www.washingtonpost.com/food/2023/08/04/girl-dinner-trend-meaning/
> [Begin excerpt]
> It’s Girl Dinner Summer, in case you didn’t get the memo on TikTok,
> where it was born and is now circulating on other social channels and
> in mainstream media.
> The phenomenon of the Girl Dinner has gone through a full evolutionary
> cycle — a whole journey, if you will — since it launched in May. It
> started, as so many viral things do, as an offhand joke by a clever
> creator when Olivia Maher shared a video of her dinner, an assemblage
> of bread and cheese and grapes and cornichons, calling it something a
> medieval peasant might have eaten.
> . . .
> The gendered aspect of the Girl Dinner was put into high relief when
> its spawn began emerging. Boy Dinner is a more protein-forward affair.
> There’s Husband Meal, which apparently consists of foods that would
> appall the wife were she home. And cold chicken nuggets the kids
> didn’t eat is a feature of Mom Dinner.
> [End excerpt]
> Garson

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