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Entry from September 24, 2009
Foodiot (foodie + idiot)

"Foodiot” is derived from the words “foodie” amd “idiot.” The term was popularized in the New York (NY) Observer, September 22, 2009, “The Foodiots” by Joe Pompeo: “The requisite iPhone pic before a certain kind of diner—let’s call him a foodiot—ravages his plate.” A “foodiot” is someone obsessed with food, such as a food blogger who records every meal.

A citation for “foodiots” also exists from July 10, 2009, and a blog titled “Foodiot” began on August 18, 2009.


Cinema Blend Discussion Forum
Josh
07-10-2009, 03:19 AM
Background for the foodiots among us (me!)!
Who is Thomas Keller?

Foodiot
My life en croûte
(...)
I’m going to eat, research, interview, eat, film, record, write, and eat until I have my answers and until I feel like I’m ready to change the name of this blog from “Foodiot” to “Foodenius”…Well, okay, that doesn’t quite work, but you get my point: I’m going to raise my food IQ, with the help of one of the best restaurant/food scenes in the country: New Orleans.

Join me on my journey, won’t you? You won’t regret it. It will be more than food writing. It will be drama. It will be comedy. It will be foodramedy.
This entry was posted on August 18, 2009, 9:50 pm and is filed under Uncategorized.

New York (NY) Observer
The Foodiots
By Joe Pompeo
September 22, 2009 | 7:08 p.m
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We see it in the meticulous record-keeping of eating habits on personal blogs. The ubiquitous Facebook updates and tweets about subscribers’ most recent meals. (Surely you also have those five or so friends whose feeds are 90 percent food-consumption-related?) The requisite iPhone pic before a certain kind of diner—let’s call him a foodiot—ravages his plate.

Grub Street - New York
Are ‘Foodiots’ the New Foodies? (And Where Did They Come From, Anyway?)
9/23/09 at 1:37 PM
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What are foodiots, you ask? Well, as far as we can gather from the overly anecdotal and somewhat discombobulated piece, they’re foodies who tweet/blog/brag about everythingObserver piece, but it doesn’t delve into the why of it.

Albany (NY) Times Union
New word: foodiot
September 23, 2009 at 3:15 pm by Steve Barnes, senior writer
According to The New York Observer, a foodiot is anyone who spends lots and lots of time talking about food, recipes, cooking, ingredients, authenticity, “fresh/local/seasonal,” etc.

Eater
Foodiots
Wednesday, September 23, 2009, by Amanda
The Observer coins a fun new term: Foodiots. It refers to all those casual diners out there who spend way too much time jabbering on, twittering about, and taking pictures of food they recently ate. Think you’re not a foodiot? Think again. Per Melissa Clark, “We all have our own inner foodiots. You just have to stamp them down.” [NYO]

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • (1) Comments • Thursday, September 24, 2009 • Permalink


I find it interesting that everyone assumes “foodiot,” as the Observer article uses the term, refers to a blend of “foodie” and “idiot.” It could just as easily be “foodie” and “zealot.” I’m not defending the practices that lead to foodiocy or foodealotry (as the case might be), because those people are annoying as hell, but nowhere in the Observer article does Joe Pompeo use the word idiot.

Posted by kitchengrl  on  09/26  at  09:21 AM

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