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On Language, Idioms, and Where I Draw the Line

Snobbery is rarely acceptable, and hardly ever commendable. While it’s all well and good to know a great deal about anything the elicits your interest, there’s hardly ever a reason to use your command of the knowledge pertaining to said topic other than to share your passion with others and/or to better inform your private opinions. Opinions are, generally, better kept to oneself.

But… for today, the hell with that. You can feel free to stop reading, but I’m going to to go ahead and share an opinion and probably come off as a language snob; I care a great deal about the use of words, and when the language in question defies logic and skews meaning, I feel compelled to call it out. And stomp on its foot. And maybe kick it, too. Here’s the expression at issue: chop meat.

I recently moved to the New York City area after many years living in LA, and before that I lived in Boston and DC. I’ve also travelled around the States a fair amount, and nowhere but in New York have I heard anyone use the expression chop meat. What is chop meat? It’s ground beef, in this regional usage. Yes, ground beef, the stuff you use to make hamburgers, meatballs, meatloaf, taco filling, and so forth. Read more