Yikes. Yesterday’s Just Jot It January word was “fantastic,” and my post was all about how that is not a word I use very often. And now, today’s word, “scrumptious,” is yet another word that is not in my everyday vocabulary.
I associate “scrumptious” with mouth-watering, delicious foods. But I would not use “scrumptious” to describe such foods. Instead, I would use the word “yummy.”
Okay, I know what you’re thinking. For a senior citizen, which is what I am, to utter the word “yummy” to indicate that something tastes scrumptious might seem a little strange. But I blame my mother.
You see, when I was a little kid, my mother would use the word “yummy” to get me to eat certain things. For instance, she would take a can of Campbell’s condensed tomato soup, add a can of milk (instead of water), mix it together, heat it up, crush in it some Ritz crackers, and serve me a bowl of “yummy yummy soup.”
Or she would take two slices of bread, carve out a hole in the middle of each slice, throw both pieces of bread into a frying pan, crack open two eggs and drop each egg into the hole in each slice of bread, and fry up what she told me were “yummy yummy eggs.”
And that is why, to this day, when I eat something that is mouth-wateringly delicious, I refer to it as being “yummy.” Or maybe even “yummy yummy.”
But never “scrumptious.”