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Old 10-14-2007, 08:53 AM   #1
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They tell me that the word vegetarian comes from an indian term for 'bad hunter'. Could they be right? <g>

   
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Old 10-14-2007, 06:50 PM   #2
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From the Web site of the International Vegetarian Union ( http://ivu.org/faq/definitions.html ):
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The term 'Vegetarian' was coined in 1847. It was first formally used on September 30th of that year by Joseph Brotherton and others, at Northwood Villa in Kent, England. The occasion being the innaugural meeting of the Vegetarian Society of the United Kingdom.

The word was derived from the Latin 'vegetus', meaning whole, sound, fresh, lively; (it should not be confused with 'vegetable-arian' - a mythical human whom some imagine subsisting entirely on vegetables but no nuts, fruits, grains etc!)

Prior to 1847, non-meat eaters were generally known as 'Pythagoreans' or adherents of the 'Pythagorean System', after the ancient Greek 'vegetarian' Pythagoras.

The original definition of 'vegetarian' was "with or without eggs or dairy products" and that definition is still used by the Vegetarian Society today. However, most vegetarians in India exclude eggs from their diet as did those in the classical Mediterranean lands, such as Pythagoras.
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I prefer my definition . . . <g>

   
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<<The word was derived from the Latin 'vegetus', meaning whole, sound, fresh, lively;>>

Hey, that describes me exactly!

   
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Old 10-19-2007, 06:47 AM   #5
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i can eat vegetables but with a nice dressed salad of pork meet

   
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