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Why is the title "veg*n" and not "vegan"? Looks a bit confusing to me. Can the page be moved?

There was quite an argument about this before. It shouldn't be merged with vegan. It's, apparently, a term used on the internet to describe both vegans and vegetarians. The * derives from computing where it represents a wildcard; that is, it can be anything, so the string veg*n is a match for both vegan and vegetarian. Technically, veg*an is a match as well, but that's not what's in use. I hope that helps. -Wytukaze 16:22, 23 August 2005 (UTC)

Surely the article itself should make that clear? I read it & re-read the article & still did not get it... Ah well it's a wiki, better fix it myself.MGSpiller 20:09, 21 September 2005 (UTC)


I have seen this used and used it myself, but it's a shame Wiktionary doesn't cite real examples of the word being used 'in the wild' in the manner of a good print dictionary. When is this first attested? 18:55, 5 December 2007 (UTC)

This is a wiki, you too can add things such as citations. Cynewulf 18:58, 5 December 2007 (UTC)


Can we get one or more real-life instances where this was used in print? Can we get a sense of the earliest appearances of this word in print? 01:46, 10 December 2008 (UTC)

No fun to search for.
Groups: 1 thread 1992, then nothing for some years.
Books: earliest I found 1999 book. DCDuring TALK 00:27, 12 December 2008 (UTC)