Does This Name Make Me Sound High Fat?

12/01/2016

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;