New words – 6 December 2021

a pink plate with crab, mussels and other seafood
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blue food noun [U]
/ˌbluː.ˈfuːd/
food that comes from the sea, such as fish, shellfish and seaweed

Recently, however, calls have emerged not for less fishing, but more, under the banner of a new term encompassing all seafood and aquaculture products: “blue food.” The Blue Food Alliance, launched ahead of the UN Food Systems Summit, has brought together academics, policymakers, and corporate donors focused on increasing the consumption of sustainable seafood.
[wired.com, 24 October 2021]

unconscious reducer noun [C]
UK /ʌnˌkɒn.ʃəs.rɪˈdʒuː.səʳ/ US /ʌnˌkɑːn.ʃəs.rɪˈduː.səʳ/
someone who is eating less meat than they did before, but without having made a deliberate decision to do so

The unconscious reducers were said by the report to mostly be of retirement age and living with fewer people. They were found to be much less likely to experiment with cooking or refer to themselves as a ‘foodie’, preferring more traditional dishes … “How unconscious reducers think and feel about meat isn’t any different to those people who are actually increasing their meat consumption – they’re not turning away on purpose so there is a chance to re-engage them with the category,” explained AHDB senior retail insight manager Kim Malley.
[ahdb.org.uk, 3 December 2020]

foodprint noun [C]
/ˈfuːd.prɪnt/
a measurement of the impact on the environment of all the processes needed to bring food to consumers

The issue of carbon “foodprints” – how much CO2 is emitted in the production, transportation, and preparation of various foods – is front-and-centre at this week’s Cop26 climate summit in Glasgow. On Tuesday, it emerged that restaurants inside the conference centre are printing carbon estimates on their menus, alongside each item’s price … In order to reach the goals defined in the Paris Agreement, we may soon have to limit our foodprint to no more than 0.5kg of CO2 emissions per meal.
[www.telegraph.co.uk, 4 November 2021]

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6 thoughts on “New words – 6 December 2021

  1. togoodtobetrue.

    It is really funny foodprint does not appear in the Cambridge Dictionary. All one can find is footprint. It might be a silly question but who could give a description of the difference between those two words. Moreover, is there any connection within them or maybe is to obvious as to miss it.

    1. Pete

      Those are completely different words. As you can see, foodprint is the impact on the environment from food processing. Footprint, however, is either a mark made by someone’s foot on the ground, or in phrase “environmental footprint” it refers to all the things we pollute the environment with by our activities.

  2. ‘Blue food”?!! I don’t think it’s comprehensible for the people whom first listen it. I’m kinda scared some of them will misunderstand and think “blue food is food which has blue color”, not ” food that comes from the sea “. Even though “Seafood” is popular for all people and the word “sea” makes people easily understand what’s the meaning of it. (Sorry for my bad grammar and this is just my opinion ^^)

  3. Voice of REASON

    THERE ARE NO NEW WORDS HERE: WHY NOT CALL THIS “NEW TERMS?”
    TOO BAD THERE IS NO OPTION TO USE ITALICS (WHICH WOULD BE CORRECT FOR WORDS QUA WORDS), BUT CONSIDER THAT BLUE AND FOOD ARE BOTH WORDS; WHEN POPSICLE ATTEMPTED TO MAKE A FROZEN TREAT IN EVERY COLOR, THEY MADE A “BLUE FOOD” THAT WAS THE RESPBERRY FLAVOR. UNCONSCIOUS AND REDUCER ARE BOTH WORDS, BUT THE TERM UNCONSCIOUS REDUCER IS NOT RELATED TO MEAT AND WOULD BE AN ACCEPTABLE TERM IN ANY NUMBER OF OTHER CONTEXTS. FOODPRINT PROBABLY IS NEW: IS IT USEFUL? MAYBE.
    ENGLISH LANGUAGE IS EVOLVING, BUT MEANING SEEMS TO BE TANGENTIAL TO THE PROCESS. CAN’T CAMBRIDGE BETTER HONOR IT?

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