Thursday, March 30, 2006

Gourmand or Gourmet, a world of difference, or is there?

From dictionary.com:

3 entries found for gourmand.
gour·mand ( P ) Pronunciation Key (gr-mänd, grmnd)n.
A lover of good food.
A gluttonous eater. See Usage Note at gourmet.

gourmand
n : a person who is devoted to eating and drinking to excess [syn: glutton, trencherman]


gour·met ( P ) Pronunciation Key (gr-m, grm)n.
A connoisseur of fine food and drink.
[French, from Old French, alteration (influenced by gourmand, glutton), of groumet, servant, valet in charge of wines from Middle English grom, boy, valet.]
Usage Note: A gourmet is a person with discriminating taste in food and wine, as is a gourmand. Because gourmand can also mean “one who enjoys food in great quantities” or even “a gluttonous eater,” care should be taken to make clear its intended sense. An epicure is much the same as a gourmet, but the word may sometimes carry overtones of excessive refinement. This use of epicure is a misrepresentation of Epicurean philosophy, which, while it professed that pleasure was the highest good, was hardly given to excessive concern with food and drink.[Download Now or Buy the Book]
Source: The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth EditionCopyright © 2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company.Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
gourmet
n : a person devoted to refined sensuous enjoyment (especially good food and drink) [syn: epicure, gastronome, bon vivant, epicurean, foodie]

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