Vegan Lingo and their Meaning

Published: August 24, 2021

If you are new to veganism, there are probably many vegan lingoes that you do not understand. And if you happen to be in a conversation with vegans, you're likely to miss out on fifty percent of the conversation. But not anymore. This article takes you through different vegan lingoes to give you a sense of belonging and make you feel involved like a true vegan.

What is vegan lingo?

Lingo is a way of speaking used by a specific group of people, and in this case, the vegan community and anyone outside the group may find it difficult to understand. It can also be referred to as jargon or slang.

Why is vegan lingo important?

• Lingo allows you to express your feelings and way of thinking better than any language would.
• It allows you to hold fluent conversations with likeminded people.
• It allows you to understand language variations within the vegan community.
• Helps one learn the history of veganism.
• It helps evoke emotions more than any other language.
• It describes concepts and ideas that cannot be expressed better using formal language.

Vegan lingoes and their meaning

Veganism The Vegan Society defines veganism as “a philosophy and way of living which seeks to exclude—as far as is possible and practicable—all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose; and by extension, promotes the development and use of animal-free alternatives for the benefit of animals, humans and the environment. In dietary terms it denotes the practice of dispensing with all products derived wholly or partly from animals."

Although there are many ways to embrace vegan living, one thing all vegans have in common is a plant-based diet avoiding all animal foods such as meat (including fish, shellfish and insects), dairy, eggs and honey - as well as avoiding animal-derived materials, products tested on animals and places that use animals for entertainment.

Cruelty-free - Refers to products and their contained ingredients that are not tested on animals.

Ital - A Jamaican style of cooking with the intent to increase vitality, energy and life force. The most common principles of cooking ital, is that the food should be natural, organic and from the earth, thereby excluding processed foods and meat. Ras Mackab, a vegan advocate and reggae music icon in Jamaica, is also known for his often use of the phrase "ital is vital." 

Raw till 4 - Raw till 4 means eating raw food until 4 pm.

Junk food vegan diet – This is a vegan diet that is high in processed foods.

Buddha bowl – A one-bowl vegetarian or vegan meal that includes plant protein, legumes, rice, and fresh vegetables.

Aquafaba – Thick liquid in which chickpeas, beans, and other legumes have been cooked. It’s often used as an egg replacement.

Cheegan – This refers to a "cheating vegan." Someone that eats vegan most days but sometimes cheats by eating animal products.

Faux fur – Fake fur that has been made to appear as animal fur.

Faux leather – Artificial leather that substitutes genuine leather

Flegg – Flegg comes from the word flax and egg. It’s ground flaxseed mixed with water used as a baking replacement for eggs.

Level 5 vegan – Refers to how some vegans are strict than others

Locavore – Someone that only consumes locally available foods, including growing their own

Mock meat - Vegan substitutes for meat products

Nooch - Nutritional yeast

Pareve – Foods that contain neither meat nor dairy

Pleather – Fake leather made from a plastic material

Pregan – Refers to your initial life before becoming vegan. It may also refer to the non-vegan items you choose to keep even after going vegan, such as a leather bag or boots.

Plant Milk – An article on the website Switch4Good.org talks about how you can transform literally anything into delicious plant milks - from grains to seeds to nuts and everything in between. The term plant milk refers to manufactured, non-dairy beverages made from water-based plant extracts.

Soysage – Vegan sausage made from soy instead of meat.

Tofurky – A turkey substitute made from seitan and tofu.

Veg – Anything vegan or vegetarian

Veganaise – Vegan mayonnaise made from plant milk, vegetable oil, and lemon juice or vinegar.

Veganic – Organic farming that does not use chemical pesticides or animal waste as fertilizer

Veganize – To prepare a meal into a vegan version.

Vegangelist – A vegan enthusiast that promotes their lifestyle and attempts to convince everyone to go vegan.

Hardline vegan – Describes people that are strict at being vegan that they sometimes want to dictate how others should live.

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