"Is that the first time you’ve ever said ‘Avocadolicious?’ Because that’s the first time I’ve ever heard it."
Full disclosure: I didn’t overhear this.
I said it.
The guy behind me who ordered the salad was not amused at my anemic attempt at comedy. We were cattle-hoofing through the line at the food-courty chain, Saladworks. He just wanted to graze.
I began pondering our obsession with adding "-licious" to words. I did a little research, and this is what I discovered.
Great Liciouses In History:
Delicious- Etymologists trace this adjective’s origin, derived from the Old French word "delicieus," to 1250-1300 AD. In Related News: "Delish," the colloquial use of the word, was first popularized in 1920 by the great grandmother of television personality Rachael Ray.
Bubblicious- The current #1-selling chunk bubble gum in America first hit the market in 1977. In Related News: One of the pieces I swallowed in 1984 has almost worked its way through my system.
Bootylicious- Hardly anyone could handle this song by Destiny’s Child when it was released in the summer of 2001. In Related News: The famous 18th Century naval officer, John Paul Jones, is believed to have declared, "I have not yet begun to be ready for this jelly!"
Fergalicious- This single, by Black Eyed Peas babe Fergie, peaked at #2 on the Billboard Top 100 charts in 2007. In Related News: At a Callaway Gardens teen dance in July 1990, a Pine Mountain, GA, dj reluctantly played J.J. Fad’s "Give It All You Got"–from which "Fergalicious" was heavily sampled–after a throng of adolescents threatened a walkout. I was there. I led the protest.