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"Oat Milk" joins Oxford English Dictionary with an update for "Plant-Based"


Oat Milk has been added to the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) in the latest round of updates.


It joins almond, soy and rice milk in being added to the dictionary.


Jonathan Dent is the OED Editor, in a blog post he said:


"Dairy-free alternatives to milk have been rising in popularity over the last few years, and this update to OED sees an entry for oat milk join our existing entries for almond, soy, and rice milk.
"Familiar now as an industrially-produced alternative to dairy products, our earliest evidence for this cereal-based milk-substitute comes from the middle of the nineteenth century, in an 1844 piece in a satirical newspaper reporting a suggestion from a ‘Ham philosopher’ to Queen Victoria that as ‘the great cause of original sin lay in eating animal [based] food’, all babies should not be breastfed, but should instead be given wheat or oat milk, ‘a pure vegetable substance’."

There was also an update to the term plant-based which has been traced back to the early 1970s.


Dent added:

"Looking further back, in Britain at least, 2019 (remember that?) was, arguably, the year in which plant-based alternatives to meat, and the hunt for the perfect meat-free burger went mainstream. A new entry traces references to plant-based foods and diets back to the early 1970s, with a 1976 quotation observing presciently that ‘the proportion of plant-based meat substitutes…is likely to increase’.
"As noted at this sense, although the phrase is now often used synonymously with ‘vegetarian’ or—now especially—‘vegan’, it is also increasingly used in contexts in which people are trying to reduce the amount of meat and other animal products in their diet, rather than to eliminate them entirely."

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