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Jamie Oliver - wtf does 'gnarly' mean?

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MumBod Fri 22-Sep-17 16:05:07

Just looking through the ample-tongued Mr. Oliver's new cookbook - 5 ingredients - and this word 'gnarly' keeps cropping up.

'Fry your chicken until it's gnarly'

'Spoon the gnarly sprouts on top'

'Once the balls are golden and gnarly...'

What the fuck does 'gnarly' mean in this context?

It's a really irritatingly-written book. He keeps using 'crazy good' ffs.

And 'season to perfection'. Every fucking recipe.


cjt110 Fri 22-Sep-17 16:06:47

The urban dictionary says:

These kooks have no idea what GNARLY is. Gnarly is when you've gone beyond radical, beyond extreme, it's balls out danger, & or perfection, & or skill or all of that combined.
-Nobody can shred like that guy, he's fuckin gnarly.
-That chick has prefect tits, she's fucking gnarly.
-Pipeline in the winter is fucking GNARLY!

I say... Its a shit hip word.

MumBod Fri 22-Sep-17 16:08:20

Oh god, really?

Is he peppering his cookbook with hipster words?

How tragic...gnarly sprouts grin

ShowOfHands Fri 22-Sep-17 16:08:38

I think he's striving to express how top drawer his food is using the language of the young people

SandyDenny Fri 22-Sep-17 16:09:52

If you have to ask you're just not down wiv da kidz.

JO is behind the times, BMX/FMX and other extreme sports have been using gnarly for years.

MumBod Fri 22-Sep-17 16:09:53

Well he needs to fucking stop, he sounds a right tool.

CigarsofthePharoahs Fri 22-Sep-17 16:10:26

I thought it was surfing slang for a really dangerous wave.
Oh well.

cjt110 Fri 22-Sep-17 16:10:38

Pukka never existed as a word before that twat.

MumBod Fri 22-Sep-17 16:10:49

It's put me off the book. It's gone back on the shelf.

cjt110 Fri 22-Sep-17 16:12:01

Cigars I think it's orignated from surfing.... fear not. Urban distionary says:

Original from 70's surfspeak - to describe waves that are violently breaking without the form that would render them more rideable. Can also describe less than ideal females.
"I'm bailing on this session-waves are too gnarly" "I had to ditch her friend, she was lookin' gnarly"

ShowOfHands Fri 22-Sep-17 16:24:18

Gnarly was all the rage when I was an undergraduate nearly two decades ago. The vegan skateboarding contingent used the word as punctuation.

MumBod Fri 22-Sep-17 16:39:19

Hes clearly entering the midlife crisis years. Do you think he feels threatened by Joe Wicks?

EdmundCleverClogs Fri 22-Sep-17 16:43:25

Well he needs to fucking stop, he sounds a right tool.

Funnily enough, I've thought this of JO anytime he's opened his gob. 'Gnarly' though, this is a new low of silly from him! I think the only time I've heard that word being used was when I used to watch Teenage Mutant Turtles as a child....

MumBod Fri 22-Sep-17 16:49:21

Well, yes.

Jools should have a word. Or one of his teens.

He'll be buying leather trousers next, or getting a tattoo of some gnarly chard.

ScarletForYa Fri 22-Sep-17 16:50:37

he sounds a right tool

He is a right tool. Always has been. Just an irritating, not very bright man who can cook.

KingJoffreysRestingCuntface Fri 22-Sep-17 16:50:52

Gnarly sprouts some worse than regular sprouts...

...and that's really saying something.

MumBod Fri 22-Sep-17 16:52:13

Sprouts usually leave me with a gnarly lower intestine.

Maybe that's what he means?

maddiemookins16mum Fri 22-Sep-17 16:54:12

I watched him doing some sort of mince dish the other day, the mince was done until ahem, GNARLY. It was basically cooked to within an inch of its life, all crusty (and burnt). It was one of those 15 minute meal things (yeah right), were he did dinner, two salads, a dressing, a pudding and a jug of soda water with pomegranate juice in (and mint).
Gawd bless him.

maddiemookins16mum Fri 22-Sep-17 16:58:01

By the way, Nigella has a new book out that tells you how to make a cheese and ham toastie.
(Nigella, if you're reading, Delia did this kind of thing a few years ago with frozen mash (which by the way is great) and tinned mince from M and S and was slated).

HawkeyeInConfusion Fri 22-Sep-17 17:11:39

I thought gnarly was a way to describe a tree with lots of lumps and bumps.

I feel very old.

WindwardCircle Fri 22-Sep-17 17:15:53

Gnarly makes me think of overgrown toenails, not a description I want associated with food. It's still, on balance, better than wizzy wazzy woo though.

x2boys Fri 22-Sep-17 17:19:49

Yeah that's how I would have described gnarly Hawkeye we must nt be down with the kidssad

MumBod Fri 22-Sep-17 17:21:19

Wizzy wazzy woo?

Is he channelling Sooty?

PeaceAndLove1 Fri 22-Sep-17 17:31:19

Del used to say pukka in Only Fools and Horses.

TheVanguardSix Fri 22-Sep-17 17:33:49

I'm Californian. It's an important part of our vocab, particularly 70s and 80s kids. But it doesn't work outside of California.
I use this word with my friends from home but would never drop it into a sentence casually amongst my non-CA friends.

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