The Etymology of “Vegan” and the Creation of the Term

The term “vegan” stems from the Latin word “vegetabilis” which means “lively” or “animating” and the suffix “arian” which changes an adjective into a personal noun (eg. librarian, veterinarian, agrarian etc.). Donald Watson who was the founder of the Vegan Society, created the term “vegan” in 1944 as a statement against vegetarians who consumed animal byproducts (eg. dairy and eggs)...

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