How many times have we heard this, "I'm a vegetarian but..." followed by "....but I eat fish" or chicken or some other quite clearly non-vegetarian item. While this is a pet peeve for many vegetarians, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Clearly, people who are "vegetarian but...." see the value in reducing the amount of meat in their diets, and see vegetarianism as a good thing, though they are just as clearly not vegetarian! Which brings me to my point. The English language just doesn't have a good word for someone who eats a mostly vegetarian diet but occasionally eats fish or chicken. The only word, pescetarian
, used to describe a "seafood and vegetarian" diet is awkward, uncommon, and difficult to say and spell. Technically, the word "pollotarian" refers to someone who eats a vegetarian diet with chicken also, but obviously this word is not yet in the common lexicon!
Recently, I met a woman who runs what she calls a veggiquarium restaurant, meaning she serves only fish and vegetarian meals. Veggiquarium! I think it's catchy! It makes sense and you don't have to know latin in order to understand what it means, but I'm curious as to what you think. Is "pescetarian" good enough? Or should we adopt this new word into our collective vocabulary - "veggiquarium"?
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