A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from March 31, 2015
“When two vegetarians are arguing, is it still considered beef?”

When someone has a “beef” with someone else, it means a “grudge” or a “complaint.” The word “beef” does not mean “meat,” but the confusion leads to some humor.

“Is it still called beef when two vegetarians are in a rivalry?” was cited on Twitter on May 25, 2011. “When vegetarians argue, is it called a beef?” was cited on Twitter on June 22, 2011.


Wiktionary: beef
Noun
beef
(plural beef or beefs or beeves)
(...)
4. (slang, countable or uncountable, plural: beefs) a grudge (+ with)

Twitter
Megatron
‏@anda_mduz
Is it still called beef when two vegetarians are in a rivalry? #random
9:10 AM - 25 May 2011

Twitter
ty
‏@1tyra_
when vegetarians argue , is it called a beef ?
9:33 PM - 22 Jun 2011

Twitter
Kababji
‏@Elahmedi
@vanillaH20melon hey. My friend was wondering, when two vegetarians fight, is it still called beef? I couldn’t find a lame enough answer…
4:17 PM - 2 Jul 2011

Twitter
Bruce Hol’him
‏@Chunchi
when two vegetarians argue is it still called a ‘beef’?
1:45 AM - 16 Sep 2011

Twitter
Brewster McGrath
‏@Brewster_McG
when vegetarians fight is it still called beef?
7:26 PM - 4 Nov 2011

Lexington Leader (Lee County, TX)
2014-10-23 / General Stories
One Nation Under Fire
By The Patriot
(...)
One wag quipped, “Does political correctness mean that when two vegetarians have an argument I can no longer describe them as having a “beef”?

reddit
when two vegetarians are arguing, is it still considered beef? (self.oneliners)
submitted January 13, 2015 by red_froosh

Twitter
Will Njundong
‏@Makin_Mad_Money
i’m wondering...When two vegetarians are arguing is it still beef?
2:20 PM - 28 Mar 2015

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • Tuesday, March 31, 2015 • Permalink