Friday, December 10, 2010


Fletcherize \FLECH-uh-rahyz\ , verb;
1. To chew (food) slowly and thoroughly

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, this word is one of a handful of variations on fletcherism, so named for Horace Fletcher who was a Victorian-era American health-food faddist who advocated chewing your food 32 times (about 100 times per minute) in order to stay healthy and lose weight. In addition to fletcherism ("the practice of thorough mastication advocated by Fletcher") the OED references fletcherite ("follower of Fletcher").

*Today's word and the first definition were both taken from's 'Word of the Day' for Friday, December 10

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