Monday, November 12, 2007

Let the games begin! A vote for "locavore"

For Word of the Year, that is, or WOTY as the hip kids call it. Of course, the topic's been rolling, maybe roiling, on ads-l for a while, but Oxford University Press has just announced their choice on their language blog: locavore. Read the full story here, with a good set of runner-ups (or runners up, if you prefer). Here's the core of the piece:
The “locavore” movement encourages consumers to buy from farmers’ markets or even to grow or pick their own food, arguing that fresh, local products are more nutritious and taste better. Locavores also shun supermarket offerings as an environmentally friendly measure, since shipping food over long distances often requires more fuel for transportation.

“The word ‘locavore’ shows how food-lovers can enjoy what they eat while still appreciating the impact they have on the environment,” said Ben Zimmer, editor for American dictionaries at Oxford University Press. “It’s significant in that it brings together eating and ecology in a new way.”
I don't really use the word really, but do take advantage of how easy it is to eat locally and well here in Wisconsin.

Image from here. Makes me hungry.

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