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Are you a Flexitarian?

March 28, 2010

Yesterday while having dinner with friends came across this new word, which I had never heard of- Flexitarian! Well, Webster defines a Flexitarian as someone who is vegetarian but occasionally eats things that are not standard vegetarian fare (i.e. steak, chicken, fish, etc.) Or a vegetarian who is flexible enough to occasionally eat meat or fish. The word was first coined in 1992 and then was voted as most useful word by American dialect society in 2003 (can’t figure out why). On similar lines, there are other words– Pollitarian ( person who eats only poultry besides being vegetarian) and pescatarian (person who is vegetarian but occasionally eats fish). But once you have meat in your diet, even occasionally, I dont think you can call yourself being a vegetarian or flexitarian or use any other hybrid term. But nonetheless, I learned a new word- Flexitarian.

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