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Restaurant-ese with Ben Schott

Word-obsessive Ben Schott delves deep into the peculiar argot of dining professionals.

To understand how restaurant workers see the world, you’ve gotta speak their language. Writer Ben Schott, journalist and author of the popular “Schott’s Miscellany,” surveyed NYC’s top restaurants for examples of food service slang, and reported his findings in The New York Times. Turns out “pop the clutch” and “L.O.L” have alternate meanings in the kitchen. Certain phrases are just plain bizarre (“Inner Eagle”? That’s a regular diner who happens to be bald.) Brendan caught up with Ben (a “B.G.E”) to talk about his tastiest slang discoveries.