debasing foodie

Benjamin Barrett gogaku at IX.NETCOM.COM
Sat Apr 26 01:10:01 UTC 2014

Are you saying that foodie is changing toward gourmand or that it has always had both meanings, or something else? BB

On Apr 25, 2014, at 5:58 PM, David A. Daniel <dad at POKERWIZ.COM> wrote:

> Gourmet, gourmand.
> Subject: Re: debasing foodie
> Poster:       Benjamin Barrett <gogaku at IX.NETCOM.COM>
> Subject:      Re: debasing foodie
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> Do you (the news) mean that a foodie is someone who simply eats a lot rather
> than someone who seeks out good food? If so, then Janice certainly knows
> what's up when it comes to the downward trend of the meaning of "foodie." BB
> On Apr 25, 2014, at 5:33 PM, Joel S. Berson <Berson at ATT.NET> wrote:
>> Probably apropos (derived from today's TV news):
>> Are people who are taking statins "foodies" because they tend not to
>> worry about their cholesterol levels and become obese by
>> overindulging in calories and fat and slothfulness?
>> Joel
>> At 4/25/2014 08:17 PM, Benjamin Barrett wrote:
>>> McDonald's has a campaign that may completely gut the meaning of
>>> "foodie." I've seen at least two of their billboard ads claiming
>>> "foodies welcome."
>>> My first reaction was to laugh out loud (literally, in the sense of
>>> literally), but afterward I wondered what it might mean.
>>> Perhaps it's an attempt to upgrade the image of their food by
>>> implying that if you eat at the Golden Arches you might be an
>>> epicurean. Just as holding a paper Starbuck's cup carries the cachet
>>> for knowing what's in when it comes to coffee, eating at Mickey D's
>>> might now imply that you know what's up when it comes to food.
>>> Searching for the image, I see Janice has beat me to the punch in
>>> her article "Requiem for a Foodie" at
>>> The article has a photo
>>> of Mcdonald's's debasing image, though Janice claims this campaign
>>> was simply the final nail in the coffin that was already prepared
>>> for the culinary cadaver.
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