Ever find yourself enjoying a meal out at a restaurant, only to find that when the check hits the table you've racked up a bill way higher than you'd ever intended? It turns out, there may be a tricky reason behind that.

According to a new study by Cornell University, restaurants are trying to make you spend more with the names and descriptions they put on their menus. The study found that menu items with descriptive names actually sell better, and they make you believe they'll taste better too. In the study, when certain words were added to menu items to make them sound more exotic, customers were more likely to buy them—and they even rated them as tasting better.

Check out the slideshow above to learn more details on how menus are tricking you into spending more.

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