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I Am Still Sick of the Word: Foodie

Central Market enables foodies.
Central Market enables foodies.

Teresa “Gubbshoe” Gubbins posted a funny item yesterday: 12 signs of the new Dallas foodie revolution. Gubbshoe claims “ Dallas has two kinds of foodies”—old and new–and follows her thesis with a list that distinguishes them. Funny stuff. Except for one thing: her use of the term foodie. Wait, make that two: if one is old, they can’t be a foodie. The word wasn’t in use. We were/are gourmands or epicureans.

We discussed the tired moniker for people who love food in July 2009. This overused term needs to go away. Some of the potential substitutes included Fooderatti, Eatanistas, and Gastrognomes. I suggested we all embrace our inner nerdy, arrogant lust for food by calling ourselves Dishbags, but it didn’t really catch on. Read Teresa’s piece. Then make your comments here. If we get five or ten good ones, we’ll have a vote and the term will become part of the SideDish Stylebook. And I will dig up a prize for the winner.

20 comments on “I Am Still Sick of the Word: Foodie

  1. New word suggestions:
    Omniphagous or Omniphagists
    Victualizers

    Personally, I like the old fashioned “Feinschmeckers”.

  2. Borborygmus is one of my favorite words!

    and while we’re at it, let’s stop using the word Veg. strongly dislike that word.

  3. I am an audiophile, but that word connotes a certain snootyness and the image of owning $100k of vinyl- only equipment (don’t break into my house, you will be very disappointed). So I am left without an easily relatable term to use.

    Americans frown on any term with more than two syllables to describe their avocation. Too much snoot-factor otherwise. Ultimately, it ain’t what you call yourself, it’s what you are that matters.

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  5. Other alternatives I found from looking through about 8 other blogs on this same subject:
    -Cuisinophile
    -Nosher
    -Foodthusiast (Enfoodiast)
    -Culinary-Conquistador
    -Foodivore
    -Noshdog
    -Chowhound
    -Cuisinestitute

    But I like @Michael Merriman’s “Gastronaut” post.