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If this really is a word in common use, it should be on WT:FWC. --Connel MacKenzie 06:14, 31 March 2007 (UTC)

  • 2006, Ayun Halliday, Dirty Sugar Cookies: Culinary Observations, Questionable Taste, p151
    "Why don't you just tell people you're a pescetarian?" a vegetarian I met recently asked, cutting me off midapologia for my beat-up leather jacket and my callow habit of behaving as if fish are neurologically no more complex than eggplants.
  • 2005, Kirsten Hartvig, Pierre Jean Cousin, The Complete Guide to Nutritional Health: More Than 600 Foods and Recipes for Overcoming Illness and Boosting your Immunity, p149
    Immunity follows a plant-based approach to improving immunity that is relevant to every style of eating—carnivore, pescetarian, vegetarian and vegan.
  • 1999, Jessica R. Shawl, "Vegetarians"???[1], Usenet
    I'm curious what you do when you encounter a friend, family member, whoever who claims to be a "vegetarian who eats fish". It *really* bothers me when this happens because it contributes to the assumption that I eat fish and I don't, because I am a vegetarian. I feel like it gives all vegetarians a bad name.
    Do you correct them? Do you not bother? And how do you correct them? I was thinking that saying something like "oh, you mean your a pescetarian" would be ok and give them the appropriate term. Speaking of which, how is "pescetarian" pronounced?

I've heard this before, but I am one, so might have a skewed perception of its commonness. So, taking a more objective approach, and searching Google Web Search and Google Book Search for each term matching /^p[ei]sc[aeio](vege)?tarian$/ (if you'll pardon the geekspeak), I found that while each gets at least one Web hit, only pescatarian (31,300 Web, 7 Books) and pescetarian (22,300 Web, 5 Books) are truly common (as these things go), though each of pescovegetarian (851 Web, 6 Books), piscatarian (865 Web, 2 Books), piscetarian (505 Web, 1 Books), pescotarian (753 Web, 0 Books), pescitarian (680 Web, 0 Books), and piscitarian (462 Web, 0 relevant Books) is common enough not to be discarded out of hand. (The other eight terms matching /^p[ei]sc[aeio](vege)?tarian$/ all get 1–12 Web and 0 Books, so I assume they're typos or misspellings or whatnot). Incidentally, note that the top two terms are pronounced differently; at least, I'd assume the pesca- has a hard c and pesce- has a soft c. —RuakhTALK 20:45, 31 March 2007 (UTC)

So, pescatarian, pescetarian, and pescovegetarian all pass CFI? Which one do we want to have as the main form, of which the other two words are alternative spellings? Pescatarian? -- Beobach972 23:04, 2 April 2007 (UTC)
I have vague recollections of a nurse coming into Y6 at primary school to tell us about puberty and somehow ending up talking about vegetarianism. She used this term, although I think she pronounced it "piscetarian". RobbieG 22:24, 1 May 2007 (UTC)

RFV passed.RuakhTALK 17:57, 15 June 2007 (UTC)