|Some Kind of Milk is in There|
For vegans, one of these topics concerns nomenclature. Often arising as said vegan invites an omnivore to a veg-friendly restaurant.
"Why do they call it a burger if it doesn't taste like a burger?"
"Where are the udders on a soy bean?"
And so forth. As I possess tendencies towards lingustic descriptivism, I have shrugged off these neologisms and borrowed words as natural expansion and adaptation of definitions. Typically, I reply to questions like the above by stating the similarities in use and preparation of the vegan and meat versions. For burgers, you take a patty of something and put it on a bun with ketchup, onions, and what-have-you. If you're at the grill and I hand you a veggie burger and call it a veggie burger, you will have some idea what to do with it. If I call it a grain and vegetable patty, you will have no clue. And as far as taste, I'm sure the fast food burgers taste like garbage compared to fancier kinds, yet no one thinks the fast food kind shouldn't be allowed to be called a burger.
|Flag of Hamburg|
|Chicken in the Woods?|
|The Chicken Lizard|
If I were to pick something to complain about in naming of things, I would want some accountability for evolutionary precedence. For example, the tiger shark (Galeocerdo cuvier) evolved 50 mya, and the eponymous tiger (Panthera tigris) appeared only 3.2 mya. Clearly the latecomer should be named after the original. Perhaps 'land tiger shark?'
|A Cutie Cuy|