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May 5, 2014 07:46 PM

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"

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        1. 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.