vegangelical, retrovore

Benjamin Zimmer bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU
Mon Jan 7 18:00:48 UTC 2008

On the heels of "locavore" and "vegansexual", two new food terms for 2008...

A vegangelical is, as you may have guessed, a zealous vegan determined
to convert meat eaters and dairy drinkers by any means necessary. Take
Kim Barnouin and Rory Freedman, the authors of the best-selling Skinny
Bitch and its follow-up, Skinny Bitch in the Kitch, for example; by
slipping their vegan agenda into an irreverent, edgy "diet" book, they
managed to con thousands of unsuspecting calorie-challenged carnivores
into buying a book which is, as the New York Times described it, a
"peculiar combination of girl power, tough love and gross-out tales
from the slaughterhouse."
On to new word #2: retrovore. A Texan farmer by the name of Loncito
coined this one, according to my fellow Kossack Jill Richardson who
was chatting with Loncito and his son at an Austin farmers' market. As
Jill wrote in a dairy on Daily Kos yesterday, the son told his father
"Dad, if you didn't raise animals the way you do, I'd probably be a
Loncito agreed that he probably would be, too. And that, Jill wrote,
is when "they came up with the term "retrovore"--"one who eats food
that was raised the way it should have been raised... like they used
to do it before they learned how to ruin it.

--Ben Zimmer

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