Does This Name Make Me Sound High Fat?

12/01/2016 08:58

For my liguistics-loving clientele!

Excerpted from  The Language of Food: A Linguist Reads the Menu  by Dan Jurafsky. 

Could the names of some foods make them sound heavier or lighter than others? This seems unlikely; after all, as Shakespeare said in Romeo and Juliet:

 

What’s in a name? that which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet;