This week’s hot idea in foodie circles is a desire to abolish the use of the term “veggies”:
Today a campaign begins. Let us stamp out the word “veggies.” It is not too time consuming to say “vegetables.” An awful word, “veggies.”
Veggies may be an awful word, but vegetables is even clunkier. Every other common class of food is one syllable: meat, milk, cheese, eggs, fruit, grains, beans, and rice. Then along comes vegetables, carrying not just three syllables but an alternate definition referring to brain-dead people.
This call to strike “veggies” from the language isn’t going to go anywhere, but an effort to coin and publicize a punchy one-syllable word for vegetable would have a real shot at success. Link.