Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Locavore vs. Localvore

The word 'locavore' was first coined during World Environment Day 2005 in San Francisco and quickly caught a lot of folks' imaginations. I've been hearing two different pronunciations (and spellings) of this term, 'locavore' and 'localvore.' I settled on locavore for reasons of simple laziness: it's easier for me to pronounce. But when I set up this blog, I wondered which version of the word was getting more use.

According to Wikipedia, the most commonly used version is locavore. 'Localvore' doesn't have a separate entry but is noted as an alternate spelling/pronunciation.

According to Blogpulse, which tracks the use of a given term on registered blogs, as of this morning locavore gets 309 hits while localvore gets 145.

According to Google (also this morning), locavore gets 192,000 hits while localvore gets 60,900.


Anonymous said...

I'm surprised no one has commented here yet, since you've been linked on the Language Log, and we ourselves have linked to you. Anyway, thanks for your insight (and helping Zimmer distill the 2007 word of the year). Kudos. Anyway, you can see what Daylife (disclosure: that's us) has added to this conversation, and more thoughts at My Live Earth (disclosure: not us). Thanks!

valereee said...

Hi, Matthew! Thanks for the heads up! I'd seen the quote on Language Log but couldn't figure out how to leave a comment there and finally decided they didn't want comments from the likes of me. I've made an update post here and linked it to you, left a comment on Daylife and on My Live Earth.