Science disagrees with you there, at least partially.Happyninja42 said:Actually it only calms your nerves because you have developed a need for the nicotine to be calm. You develop an agitated sense of anxiety if you go too long without a smoke, and smoking just resets you back to zero state. Though I'm assuming you are talking about people you know who have a smoking habit? And not just like a cigar every few weeks when out with friends kind of smoking?
This is really the most important aspect of acquired taste. I was also a picky eater growing up, but I have challenged myself with foods over the time and there are several aspects why aquiring the liking for something is a great idea. School trips, business trips, seminars, courses, parties, dinner with friends, these are all events that most of us will encounter where we generally don't get to choose the exact menu. Now I enjoy most food and drinks so I am very comfortable at these kind of events. I can enjoy some great meals, some decent wine, beer, soda, juice, cocktail spirits etc. and it's great. Now the biggest downer at this kind of events is the picky eater, the one who has never been challenged to try different kinds of food, the one who insists on ordering the pizza with cheese and tomato sauce, the one who does not want this or that spice in the sauce or not this topping, or Indian food, or Chinese food or spicy food. My sister is my complete opposite in this and my mom always hates cooking for her when she's visiting because she always need to take special care when preparing meals. So my first point is that an acquired taste is practical because you can always find something you like. Second it's important to fit in (kinda like peer pressure I guess). Third it's fun. I can experience lots of different tastes because I took the time to try things more than once and thus I will never get tred of eating things. I can choose from a huge variety and it's really enjoyable. Food, wine, beer, candy, deserts, music, anime, comedy. It's all an acquired taste. Some things are so bad that you can't force it, but at least you tried it and decided it's not for you.CrimsonBlaze said:Growing up, I was a picky eater: obviously, I didn't eat just unhealthy stuff, but for the most part, I was comfortable with things that I could eat everyday and did not like there to be any form of complex seasons, sauces, etc. in my food. As I got older, and become more adventurous with exotic foods, I was more open to different cuisines and everyday foods that I avoided simply because I could. I found that there were many great dishes that I didn't immediately joy, but found them delicious. So I would moderately order those same dishes/foods and over time, I came to love them, without any other form of additives other than they were legitimately delicious.
This is a very good description of the phrase, I think.The Philistine said:'An acquired taste' has the intrinsic understanding that not everyone is going to enjoy a particular thing. If you have no enjoyment from something to begin with, then you probably have no basis to start enjoying it.
Well, I wouldn't watch a movie I didn't like three times over, even if that's how you get "the full experience." I also hate spicy food, so, there you go - although I have way less issue with that argument in regards to spicy food since people haven't tried to, repeatedly and at length, tried to pressure me into eating it.JamesStone said:Snip
When I was younger, I didn't particularly enjoy the taste of alcohol either; additionally, I thought (and still somewhat do think) that it was pretty pointless and irresponsible of people to just drink for the purposes of getting drunk. Obviously I can only speak for myself, but those two things weren't entirely disconnected. My perceptions of the culture surrounding drinking impacted my perceptions and impressions of drinking itself.Saetha said:Like - what is your problem? I've had alcoholic drinks before. I didn't like the taste of them. That's not an excuse. I don't understand why you've taken it as such, and I don't understand the hostility over this either.
I thought I gave a decent answer already on page one, but imagine eating a raw steak with no salt on it. Or just salt. Just because salt tastes bad on its own doesn't mean the steak will be worse with salt. It's the same thing with alcoholic drinks. You can't just get a bunch of juniper berries and throw them into some grapefruit soda expecting it to taste better than a lonkero because there is no alcohol to "bring it down".Saetha said:Lastly - why CAN'T a drink stand on it's own? If you think I'm wrong, please explain why. I really, sincerely would like an explanation.
Someone needs to familiarize themselves with the world of high-end dark chocolate.Sexual Harassment Panda said:but my experience is that "acclimatising" (if you like) to these tastes is worthwhile, and makes simple sweet flavours like chocolate ... seem pretty boring.