After last week's column about food terms we should all stop using forever, suggestions for more poured in — from readers and from Seattle chefs. Here are their nominations for eradication.

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I can’t believe I forgot “food porn.” While my column last week covered a lot — a lot — of terrible food vocabulary we should all stop using (“foodie,” “mouthfeel,” “slider” and more), it was clearly incomplete. Many, many readers had their own most-hated culinary terminology to add — I think I’ve gotten more email about that article than any other I’ve ever written, plus tons of suggestions via Facebook and Twitter.

People would very much like “nom,” in all its forms, struck from our lexicon (hello, Microsoft?). “Fare,” “farm-to-face” and “foodgasm” all need to go, readers (rightfully) say. “Nosh” does not seem to have a lot of fans, either.

Surprisingly, though, the word most frequently nominated for eradication is “veggie” — some say it’s demeaning to the noble vegetable, while others say it just sounds gross.

Some Seattle chefs also weighed in — here are the food terms nine of them would most like to never hear again.

“Veggie”: “I agree 100 percent with the awful food terms in your piece… May I add my pet peeve ‘veggie’?” — Jerry Traunfeld, Poppy and Lionhead

“Yummy”: “I hate ‘yummy.'” — Edouardo Jordan, Salare

“Yummy”: “I do not like ‘yummy.’ I feel like I could have fed them a lollipop.” — Tamara Murphy, Terra Plata

“Like butta”: “Did you mean to say ‘butter’? Either way, it’s nothing like butter.” — Hajime Sato, Mashiko

“Chef,” as a verb: “There’s no such thing as ‘cheffing.'” — Ethan Stowell, Ethan Stowell Restaurants

“Ethnic food”: “In such a diverse city, with an embarrassment of riches in food choices such as ramen, xiao long bao, pho, pizza, gnocchi, burgers and French fries, to name a few, are we still pigeonholing non-traditional European fare as ‘ethnic’? Our city is a passport to the food world — maybe it’s time to tear down the verbal borders?” — Lisa Nakamura, Gnocchi Bar

“Soigné”: “This is such a pretty word! Unfortunately, anyone that uses it seriously in reference to food (unless you’re actually speaking French) is an automatic douche. ‘Sophisticated,’ ‘elegant,’ ‘beautiful’ are much more honest and mean the same thing.” — Zoi Antonitsas, Omega Ouzeri

“Umami”: “Using ‘umami’ to describe any flavor you don’t understand.” — Hajime Sato, Mashiko

“Garlic aioli”: “Sorry, folks. Aioli is a type of garlic mayo, and yes, there are variations, but they always have garlic…so shhhhhhh with that! Please, just say aioli.  Thank you.” — Zoi Antonitsas, Omega Ouzeri

“Sexy”: “‘Sexy’ [used to describe food] is like nails on a chalkboard.” — Miles James, Dot’s Butcher & Deli

“Sando” and “munching”: “Like ‘pork sandos’ for pork sandwiches. Or ‘Are you still munching on that?’ Oh, and ‘guac.’ [Expletive] hate that word! Just say ‘guacamole’!!!” — Monica Dimas, Neon Taco, Tortas Condesa and Sunset Fried Chicken Sandwiches

“Food porn”: “For me, this term doesn’t take into account the years I’ve spent, and continue to spend, learning my craft.” — Lisa Nakamura, Gnocchi Bar