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I heard that sugar is not a spice. I decided this was nonsense and so investigated.

A Google search brings this up: http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20090321182214AAoIEzK (which also links to Wiki) abut the quote is "Sugar does not add flavor it is strictly for sweetening"

To note, the question suggests that spice can only refers to food. I disagree - you can put mint, vanilla, cinnamon into tea (just to name a few). Give me tea with white sugar or dark sugar (of equal quantities), I can taste a difference.

However, further research then suggested this may not be the case: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/spice?s=t There is no mention of food or drink! As this is so ambiguous I decided to look else where. Now, I find the Cambridge dictionary: http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/british/spice_1?q=spice . It states "a substance made from a plant, which is used to give a special flavour to food"

It says food! I say this is wrong. Anything which affects flavour is a spice - although the a debate can rise about mud - I would assume that mud affects flavour but is possibly not described as a spice! Any way, if possible, we'll stay clear of this type of thinking :)

So, further looking into this results in another site http://www.myrecipes.com/how-to/cooking-questions/dark-or-light-brown-sugar-00420000013175/ which states (and I quote) "light brown sugar, which has a less pronounced molasses flavor". Ah, flavor - not just sweetness although molasses is sweet.

So, IMO a spice (which is not going to make 'one' ill) is anything which affects the taste/flavour of food or drink, not just food.

How would I go about changing this definition or arguing it?

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closed as not a real question by jwpat7, simchona Sep 25 '12 at 13:05

It's difficult to tell what is being asked here. This question is ambiguous, vague, incomplete, overly broad, or rhetorical and cannot be reasonably answered in its current form. For help clarifying this question so that it can be reopened, visit the help center.If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

Dave, much of what you say will be seen as peeving, rather than a real question. You can severely rewrite (and ask an answerable question) and avoid closing, but otherwise some people may downvote or vote to close. –  jwpat7 Sep 25 '12 at 13:04
Oh - this was not intentional. I thought my question about getting a definition changed was quite clear (regardless of context), but if you feel it's possibly not good fit, I will let it be voted closed. –  Dave Sep 25 '12 at 13:11
Dave, I think the question as is is more of an interesting troll than a real question; your case against sugar is weak, contradicted by your reference.com link, since sugar is neither pungent nor aromatic in usual senses. You might get farther with a more hypothetical but still specific question, such as whether methods X, Y, Z are valid ways to denigrate a definition or cause it to change. –  jwpat7 Sep 25 '12 at 13:48

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