Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Acquired tastes. An appreciation for a something that is strange to us and therefore unlikely to be enjoyed, usually because of smell, taste, or appearance.
You've heard the phrase, "It's an acquired taste."
Normally we'd be talking about things like raw oysters, olives, calamari, stinky tofu, durian, kimchi, haggis, hákarl, asafoetida (and other edibles that I can neither pronounce or spell). But the term may also refer to aesthetic, intellectual and cultural tastes, such as taste in music, art and certain individuals, groups and/or traditions.
Let's take the humble olive, stuffed or not, as a poster child for the things in our lives that may be an acquired taste.
Conquering one is not easy. But once past the appearance, or the texture, or the saltiness, or the smell, one can appreciate the inherent qualities within. Allowing oneself regular contact, as revolting as that might seem at first, sometimes helps one overcome and even like the previously unlikable.
So be nice to an acquired taste today. Because you might be someone else's olive...
Posted by Rand MacIvor at 7:03 AM