(I may however make an exception and bite someone’s head off if I am asked the red meat question one more time.)
For the record, the dictionary defines a vegetarian as a person who refrains from eating any meat, fish, or fowl.
Common sense defines it as such as well.
People often ask me, “If you’re a vegetarian, why don’t you eat fish?”
To which I feel like responding, “If you’re able to speak English, why don’t you understand it?”
Eggs and dairy? They never had faces, and are just droppings and juices so to speak. These by-products are like the rent the face-filled animals pay, in hopes that they’ll extend their exciting lives.
Now, some vegetarians may get a little snooty, and add prefixes to the title.
A lacto-ova-vegetarian almost seems like a title that would have originated in the corporate world. It is just the extra fancy way to say, vegetarian, someone who eats dairy products, eggs, and follows a plant-based diet.
Then there are the less pretentious, but very specific, lacto-vegetarians, and ova-vegetarians, who are one animal by-product away from being vegan.
Vegans will not eat any animal or animal by-products.
So, yes, some prefixes work. Just don’t start prefixing “vegetarian” to death, because then you’ll merely have another dead carcass that I will refuse to eat.
I have heard people call themselves lacto-ova-pesca-pollo-vegetarians, which is just as convoluted as me saying I am five-foot-nine-minus-six-inches-plus-three-inches-minus-seven-inches-plus-one-inch. Simply say you eat everything but red meat, and I’ll say I’m five-feet-tall (and maybe add in an extra half an inch to make it 5' ½" for good measure).
Nonetheless, I am happy with my plant-based lifestyle. It was my choice and has been all I have known for over half my life. I eat a great variety of foods - more than when I ate meat. And yes, I get my protein (so please stop asking if I do). Most important, through my diet and lifestyle, I have fended off serious health problems, which doctors thought would be nearly impossible.
Look, I don’t care what you are. Whether you are a vegan, a vegetarian, a meatatarian (100 per cent carnivore), a classic omnivore (And why do most people think they're carnivores when they're omnivores?), or even a McAtarian – that is between you and your colon. Do what makes you happy.
I will never impose my dietary ideology upon anybody. That said, I will impose my vocabulary.
Although, peni is my concoction, and I can understand your unwillingness to accept it, vegetarian is in the dictionary.
So eat that!