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I have never liked the word gourmand-From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

A gourmand is a person who takes great pleasure in food; a person given to excess in the consumption of food and drink; a greedy or ravenous eater. The word has different connotations from the similar word gourmet, which emphasises an individual with a highly refined discerning palate, but in practice the two terms are closely linked, as both imply the enjoyment of good food.

An alternative and older usage of the word is to describe a person given to excess in the consumption of food and drink, synonymous with a "glutton" or a "trencherman".

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    1. re: J.L.

      "Epicure" has been somewhat misused, I think, to refer to someone who knows what good food is and loves to eat it. The original epicure was of course Epicurus, the philosopher who believed and taught that the pursuit of pleasure is the highest principle. While his reputation has come down to us as having been a libertine and glutton, the fact is that he abstained from physical relations of any sort, ate no meat, and drank only water. Utter happiness to him meant working or simply sitting in his garden, contemplating its beauty and enjoying his solitude.

      I've no objection to "gourmand," "gourmet," or even "trencherman." Chowhound is I think a given, or I wouldn't be here … though my philosophy, insofar as I've got one, is Epicurean.

    2. How about ... hmmm, give me a minute here, um, how about "Chowhound"?

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      1. re: ipsedixit

        By any description, I'm definitely more gourmand than gourmet. And would never, ever, describe myself as a Chowhound - not by any description

          1. re: joonjoon

            I use several discussion boards but would never describe myself by their name. It would just be odd - let alone the fact that practically no-one would have a clue what you meant (Chowhound included). For example, I am not a TripAdvisor or a "Great War"

      2. I hate all the food terms. I'm a so and so, foodie, gourmand etc, etc...... There's a label for everything now.

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          1. re: emglow101

            Only thing worse than the overuse of labels is over-embracing the act of self-labeling.

            That being said, as to the OP, I don't like the word "drunk" as a noun or the phrase "don't you think you've had enough?" in any setting.

            1. re: emglow101

              As a wise man once told me, "Every label is a libel"?

            2. Ever read about Diamond Jim Brady? A true hound. And gourmand.


              1. FYI: “gourmet” derives from old (ca. 1392 ) French “groumet”, valet in charge of the wine. And by extension, person who appreciates wine. Food-related uses are from much later, ca.1750s

                OTOH "gourmand" has had the "glutton" connotation since earliest recorded usage, ca.1354


                1. That's what it means. Why wouldn't you like the word if it fits? I dislike misuse of words, but not the words themselves.

                  1. I am a gourmand. "Life is a banquet, and most suckers are starving to death."

                    Thank you Patrick Dennis.

                    1. lots of meanings change with the passage of time.

                      1. Gourmand rhymes with hat band.

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                          1. re: sunshine842

                            Sorry, forgot to turn off my facetious filter.

                            1. re: Tripeler

                              there are those who would believe you....or would insist that it does indeed rhyme with band....

                              1. re: sunshine842

                                I wrote that with the idea of making fun of those who grandly pronounce it in that broad manner that makes me hear "hattttt bannnnnnd".

                                1. re: Tripeler

                                  it brings to mind an acquaintance who, although intelligent, had dropped out of high school to make his way in the world. To his credit, he read voraciously, and ended up running his own successful business.

                                  He was telling me about a book he'd read that talked about the architecture of old buildings, and it took me a few minutes to realize that the "fukkaid" he kept talking about was, in fact, a façade

                                  1. re: sunshine842

                                    Gee, and all this time some other people were likely thinking about a benefit to raise money for hookers...

                                    1. re: Tripeler

                                      LOLOL -- I'm usually fairly proficient at mispronunciations from context (former ESL teacher) -- but that one had me stymied.

                                      Then came the fun of trying to tactfully give him the correct pronunciation without making him feel an idiot....