Bad Word Pairs #025

“Pulled Pork”

I know, I know. You’re saying to yourself: “How dare he slander such a delicious treat?” Well the deliciousness itself only heightens my disdain. While I love a couple carnitas tacos on occasion, I simply can’t shake the brutish imagery of pulled pork.

Pork as a word has always been suspect in my book to begin with, especially when you have such a heavenly term like “bacon” coming from the same animal. But pulled pork, what the heck are they pulling on?

Okay, I admit, I understand the concept of slow-roasting the meat until it’s so tender it can be pulled off the bone into delectable strands of yumminess, but could we have found another term? The Italians call it porchetta, and that sounds just about as delicious as bacon.

Mmm. Pulled pork. Mmmmmmmmm.

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