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“Finicky Eaters” September 24, 2013

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Sustainable Living, Word Play.
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Donald-DuckaThe other day, I read a comment that made me pause and scratch my head . . .

Someone had chosen to characterize vegetarians and vegans as “finicky eaters.”

Hmm . . .

Thinking that maybe she was using some antiquated or esoteric definition of “finicky,” I went off to investigate.

Googling “finicky,” I found these definitions:


* Insisting capriciously on getting just what one wants; difficult to please; fastidious

* excessively particular, as in tastes or standards; fussy

* full of trivial detail; overelaborate

Next, I googled “capricious” to make sure I wasn’t overlooking the obvious:

* subject to, led by, or indicative of a sudden, odd notion or unpredictable change; erratic

Nope.  “Finicky” is NOT the word I would choose to describe someone who has adopted a sustainable lifestyle designed to minimize the suffering of animals while, at the same time, improving their own health and well-being.

Calvin-gots-an-IdeaInstead of “finicky,” the word “discerning” springs to mind:

* Exhibiting keen insight and good judgment; perceptive.

And from Merriam-Webster:

* able to see and understand people, things, or situations clearly and intelligently

* wise, insightful, perceptive, prudent, sagacious, sage, sapient

Mickey-OKYes!  I’m sure that “discerning” is the adjective she was looking for.

Aah . . . that’s better!

“If a man aspires towards a righteous life, his first act of abstinence is from injury to animals.”
~ Albert Einstein

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