What Can Be Plutoed From Your Kitchen?

What Can Be Plutoed From Your Kitchen?

Chris Phillips
Jan 10, 2007

"Plutoed" is the word of the year for 2006, says The American Dialect Society.

The society says "to pluto" means "to demote or devalue someone or something, as happened to the former planet Pluto when the General Assembly of the International Astronomical Union decided Pluto no longer met its definition of a planet."

So what can be plutoed from your kitchen?

Are there electric appliances taking up counterspace that just don't use anymore? Is there a gadget that was once the apple of your eye now sinking to the bottom of a drawer, never to be needed again?

I've already plutoed my Senseo. After flirting with fancier single-serve coffee machines, I'm back with Mr. Coffee for now.

There's always a slew of breadmakers for sale on Craig's List. Breadmakers must be one of the most plutoed kitchen electrics.

I'm preparing to part with an apple corer next. A paring knife can do so much more and takes up much less space.

Pulling these plutoed items out of service in the kitchen creates more room for organizing and maintaining the appliances and tools we do use regularly. Sounds like a good New Year's resolution to me.

But -- please -- don't get rid of anything good. Donate it to a worthy thrift shop or offer it in our Kitchen Classifieds.

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