Vegan Language

(words, expressions, etc.)


                                                                                                                                                                                                          Vegan Directory



(This document has migrated from the earlier file: Veg Language N Vernacular N Vocabulation N Instant inspiraio )




Here’s to new beginnings! Let us actively pursue the improvement of the languages that we use to communicate our ideas, to articulate our feelings, and to accurately depict our lives.


Instead of passively using the languages we’ve been taught, let us take the opportunity and responsibility for improving the actual expressions by which we communicate.



Here we will evolve and develop our languages to integrate respect for all who live. Instead of passively accepting the entrenchment of the idea of human dominance over the less developed species of our world, transfused by language, we intend to author our own thoughts, to develop our optimal selves, and help enable others to as well.


Until it can be improved, here is a current means, to actively evolving our languages to reflect and promote a vegan world perspective. The active, vegan-minded, language-evolving community can exemplify and inspire a waking into “language-consciousness” as we endeavor to understand the cultural history, logic and etymology that forms our language. Understanding the language we use is much like reading the list of ingredients on a food label. Only when you are aware of those things, which you suspect as faulty, can you make an informed decision about whether or not you’ll use them. What we use, eat and do, contribute to who we are. We should at least know what that is. Only then can we go beyond, and try to choose benevolence.


One way to accept a word into your life is to “Add” it, when you spell-check a document, and it tells you that it’s not a word, or not spelled correctly. In MS Word, put the cursor at the end of the word that is underlined, and push F7



Vegan-Friendly Language, and What It Means

(Ones we can and should use, to extend our consistent strive for a more vegan world)




vegan, one who abstains from using animals or insects. This word is a derivative of vegetarian, which abbreviates both the word and meaning, to embody a more effective energy. It starts with vegetarianism, and takes it to its conclusion, to respect all the living, and defining it that way. (For more information on this word, see Donald Watson interviews, on the Vegan History page. Also, vegans, veganism, veganity, veganness, veganosity, veganocity


veginning; --  abbreviates and means “vegan beginnings” ( = vegan + beginnings, pronounced vee”ginn’ings’)

also, Veginning (capitalized) is the formally recognized time, or kickoff celebration, which is the beginning of ones (final, and lasting) commitment to a vegan life-standard. Also, veginnings, veginning’s; veginnings’

i.e. “Here’s to new veginnings!” or “In the veginnings of his search to find whether others shared his passion for a plant-based diet, even Donald Watson was met with some dissident opinions.”

“Have you been vegan very long?” “Nope. My Veginning was only 6 months ago.” 


Veganniversary – The Anniversary of one’s Veginning.


Thanks4NotGvingUp – (T4) A vegan alternative to Thanksgiving, which celebrates not giving up to the annual American holiday pressure of eating Turkeys, and other animals and animal products. If you practice at it, you can say the  “4 not” and “up” quieter and quicker than the “Thanks” and “Giving” parts, and it’ll sound almost just like the “norm” when people say “Happy Thanksgiving.” To abbreviate, we could say T4, or “Happy T4.”



Suspect Language, and What It Means

(it would be nice to come up with popular sensible alternatives to these)


Giving someone the cold shoulder,” is possibly derived from when guests would overstay their welcome, hosts would feed them the worst part of the animal, and as opposed to something good and warm to eat, give them the cold shoulder.


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Honeymoon: It was the accepted practice in Babylonia 4,000 years ago that for a month after the wedding, the bride's father would supply his son-in-law with all the mead he could drink. Mead is a honey beer, and because their calendar was lunar based, this period was called the "honey month" or what we know today as the "honeymoon".

(Accessed 050225 418a, from


Something is a little fishy


Quitting cold-turkey


Extra Vegan-Language-File Stuff to Sort Through


Instant inspiration 020327 112a


Vegans should work on their own language, integrating respect for animals.


Instead of treating animals as has most of the world, for most of history, we can revise and update our use of language to include the respect for all living things. (yeah, I meant “things”)


The thing is, veg heads improve their esteem by thinking and acting on every level to pursue progressive ethics.


If people knew the history of the language, it would sound ignorant or hypocritical for a vegan to say “I really gave her the cold shoulder,” even if it is now colloquial.


The coolest part of time is that you can always critique the past in attempts to improve and correct the future.


Rather, if need be, we might evolve our language and come up with another idiom.