Is ‘Artisanal’ a recognised word?
The word looked odd to me. I had quickly checked Chambers and Collins online – neither had ‘artisanal’ in the dictionary. When I mentioned this to the message writer, it sounded even worse when I pronounced it as ‘art-is-anal’.
I was told that ‘artisanal’, pronounced ‘r-tis-in-al’, is a word used by many small craft bakers and food producers and would be regularly observed at the likes of Farmers’ Markets.
My (limited) web searching this evening did find many Irish ‘artisan’ producers but no ‘artisanal’ but it was interesting to note that ‘artisanal’ is in the MS Word dictionary as well as many online dictionaries including Wiktionary, Free Dictionary, and Dictionary.com.
That quote included in an earlier blog - “Words are in dictionaries because they exist – they do not exist because they are in dictionaries” Máire Nic Mhaoláin – once again may be appropriate.