Fast-food zoning and Twinkie taxes

Because I like pop culture, trends, language and all that good stuff, I get a Word of the Day sent to me from the Word Spy site. A few are food related.

Recently "fast-food zoning" and "Twinkie taxes" were featured. The issue of legislating health is an interesting one (one word: Prohibition), and we could spend a lot of time talking about it. But I also just like the sound of "Twinkie taxes."


Here are a couple of examples of the terms' use, as well as some other foodie-trendy words that I may do separate posts on at a later date if I get inspired: ... 

"In an effort to provide residents with more nutritious choices, the L.A. City Council adopted landmark legislation in July mandating a one-year moratorium on the building of new fast-food eateries in a 32-square-mile area. (Fast-food zoning exists in other cities but is based on aesthetic considerations, not health factors.)

"According to Jan Perry, a council member who co-sponsored the bill and whose district is part of South L.A., the idea is to freeze fast-food development so that sit-down restaurants and quality-food markets will build in the area. 'When every corner is taken up with fast food,' Perry says, 'there's no room for anyone else.'

—Steven Kurutz, "Fast-Food Zoning," The New York Times, December 14, 2008

"Among tax proposals Daniels suggested merit consideration are ... Extending the 5 percent state sales tax to so-called "snack food." Once labeled the "Twinkie tax," the proposal would apply to such items as candy, chewing gum, potato chips, pretzels, cookies, ice cream, coffee and tea.

—Mike Lawrence, "Tax alternatives sought," Chicago Sun-Times, June 29, 1987
Related Words:

drive-through cuisine




fast-food cluster


one-handed food