"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.