It’s All in the Marketing (Jane Doe Six Sentence Stories)

“I’d like the smothered burrito, but can I get it with chicken instead?”

“Sure. Two dollars more.”

“Two dollars?”

Of course, nowadays chicken is the “healthy choice.* Jane remembers when chicken was poor man’s meat.


I take this opportunity to repeat my standing rant that healthy is the incorrect adjective, as when people say “eat healthy food.” To be healthy is to be in a state of good health, free of illness or injury. Of course I want to eat healthy food; I wouldn’t eat diseased food, would I? The correct form is healthful; something healthful is something that is nutritious or promotes good health. I realize this misuse has become so deeply ingrained in our vocabulary it will probably never be corrected, and I also realize that “eat healthful” sounds clunky, but “eat healthy” still irritates me. Perhaps we can find a different term altogether.

Done ranting. Now head on over to the Six Sentence Stories flash fiction blog hop hosted by Ivy at Uncharted each week. This week’s cue was “chicken.” Fun Sixes from other writers are here.


Author: Deborah Lee

I like trees, dreaming, magic, books, paper, floating, dreaming, rhinos, rocks, stargazing, wine, dragonflies, trains, and silence to hear the world breathe.

9 thoughts on “It’s All in the Marketing (Jane Doe Six Sentence Stories)”

  1. Great story, and sadly true. People are often lured into purchasing non-nutritious food due to it’s much lower cost. It would certainly be nice if the foods that were best for us were also the least expensive, but we know that’s not going to happen. I am always annoyed by paying nearly three dollars for a glass of iced tea in a restaurant. I can make quite a few gallons of tea for three dollars! I liked your rant about “healthy food”, it’s something I’ve noticed before. And healthful food does sound strange now, we are so used to the incorrect form.

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