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Crispy or crunchy ? What's the difference ?

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Crispy or crunchy ? What's the difference ?

Postby shokin » Mon Sep 16, 2013 6:10 pm

Hello, everybody,

I would like to understand what the difference is between crispy or crunchy.

Have we to say crispy beef or crunchy beef ? Or are there two sorts of beefs ?

Thank you in advance for your answers.
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Re: Crispy or crunchy ? What's the difference ?

Postby burstgirl » Sat Sep 21, 2013 3:20 pm

I would say crunchy refers mostly to a sound, but crispy refers to consistency of food (hard but easily breakable). So crispy food is crunchy. About the beef, I wouldn't use crispy or crunchy, i would say crusty (with a nice crispy crust - a layer on the top of the baked or BBQ meet). But of course you can say crunchy if you fry that piece of beef until it is hard. Hope it will help! (BTW i'm not a native speaker)
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Re: Crispy or crunchy ? What's the difference ?

Postby SkypeTeach » Mon Sep 30, 2013 11:26 am

They are very similar.

Crunchy gives me the idea that something will break when pressure is applied, such as nuts or apples. It can only be used for food.

Crispy gives the idea that something is sharp, rigid and dry. For food it gives the idea that it is something cooked, like bacon or potatoes. Crispy can also be used in other ways, for example a crisp morning or a crisp reply.
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