“Moreish” is a word that doesn’t exist in American English, but it should.
We were discussing moreish-ness in relation to oatmeal cookies the other day. What makes a food moreish, something that hits the spot but also leaves a void, leaves you wanting a little more?
At the time, I felt that it requires multi-dimensionality, just enough contrast. When something is too on-the-nose, it isn’t moreish. Cookies without a pinch of salt, tomato sauce without a little sweetness.
Since then I’ve been thinking about moreish-ness a lot outside of the context of food, and the contrast idea stands up.
Outfits, websites, books, relationships. Requires more exploration.