‘Gourmet’ or ‘Gourmand’?

Sometimes people confuse the words “gourmet” and “gourmand” because the words sound similar and they both have to do with food. Both a gourmet and a gourmand love food, but they love it differently.

Both words come from French, but surprisingly, even though they sound so much alike, they have different roots.

‘Gourmand’

“Gourmand” comes from a French word that means “glutton,” and a gourmand is, indeed, a glutton of food and drink. For example, you might say,

  • Hans saw the buffet as an opportunity to be a gourmand, trying every item available.

‘Gourmet’ 

“Gourmet” comes straight from the French word “gourmet,” and is a positive word that describes someone who is a connoisseur of food and drink, essentially someone who we might also in a more light way call a foodie. A gourmet savors flavors and might take pride in recognizing subtle differences. For example, you might say,

  • Cooking for Pierre makes me nervous; he’s such a gourmet.

Foodie” is a more recent term that comes from “food,” a word from Old English instead of French. Etymology Online says it first appeared in 1982. 

The best way to think about the difference between “gourmand” and “gourmet” was best stated in the 1898 book Dictionary of Phrase and Fable: “A gourmand regards quantity more than quality, [and] a gourmet quality more than quantity.”

Another way to remember that a gourmand likes to eat a lot of food is to think of the Michelin Man—yes, the chubby white icon made out of tires.

The Bib Gourmand Award

You may be familiar with the Michelin Guide which is published by the same company that makes tires. It was originally a guidebook for drivers, but is now best known for its restaurant ratings. It’s a big deal for a restaurant to be able to say it’s a Michelin star restaurant, and starred restaurants tend to be expensive, but Michelin also has an award for lower-cost restaurants, and we’re talking about it because the award is called the Bib Gourmand. 

Bib is the name of our chubby friend, the Michelin Man, short for Bibendum, and the Bib Gourmand is an award for a restaurant that has good food but is also a “very good value for [your] money.” For our purposes, you can think of it as a place where you can afford to eat a large amount of good food. A place that would make a gourmand like Bib happy.

To sum up, take your favorite gourmand to a delicious buffet and your favorite gourmet to the best French restaurant you can find.

Quiz

  1. I don’t think we have enough food; you know Geoff is a [gourmet/gourmand].
  2. It’s our anniversary, so Jules and I are going out for a [gourmet/gourmand] dinner.
  3. Marguerite uses only clarified butter; she considers herself a [gourmet/gourmand].

Answers are on the next page.


Answers

  1. gourmand
  2. gourmet
  3. gourmet

Image courtesy of Shutterstock.

‘Gourmet’ or ‘Gourmand’?

Sometimes people confuse the words “gourmet” and “gourmand” because the words sound similar and they both have to do with food. Both a gourmet and a gourmand love food, but they love it differently.

Both words come from French, but surprisingly, even though they sound so much alike, they have different roots.

‘Gourmand’

“Gourmand” comes from a French word that means “glutton,” and a gourmand is, indeed, a glutton of food and drink. For example, you might say,

  • Hans saw the buffet as an opportunity to be a gourmand, trying every item available.

‘Gourmet’ 

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“Gourmet” comes straight from the French word “gourmet,” and is a positive word that describes someone who is a connoisseur of food and drink, essentially someone who we might also in a more light way call a foodie. A gourmet savors flavors and might take pride in recognizing subtle differences. For example, you might say,

  • Cooking for Pierre makes me nervous; he’s such a gourmet.

Foodie” is a more recent term that comes from “food,” a word from Old English instead of French. Etymology Online says it first appeared in 1982. 

The best way to think about the difference between “gourmand” and “gourmet” was best stated in the 1898 book Dictionary of Phrase and Fable: “A gourmand regards quantity more than quality, [and] a gourmet quality more than quantity.”

Another way to remember that a gourmand likes to eat a lot of food is to think of the Michelin Man—yes, the chubby white icon made out of tires.

The Bib Gourmand Award

You may be familiar with the Michelin Guide which is published by the same company that makes tires. It was originally a guidebook for drivers, but is now best known for its restaurant ratings. It’s a big deal for a restaurant to be able to say it’s a Michelin star restaurant, and starred restaurants tend to be expensive, but Michelin also has an award for lower-cost restaurants, and we’re talking about it because the award is called the Bib Gourmand. 

Bib is the name of our chubby friend, the Michelin Man, short for Bibendum, and the Bib Gourmand is an award for a restaurant that has good food but is also a “very good value for [your] money.” For our purposes, you can think of it as a place where you can afford to eat a large amount of good food. A place that would make a gourmand like Bib happy.

To sum up, take your favorite gourmand to a delicious buffet and your favorite gourmet to the best French restaurant you can find.

Quiz

  1. I don’t think we have enough food; you know Geoff is a [gourmet/gourmand].
  2. It’s our anniversary, so Jules and I are going out for a [gourmet/gourmand] dinner.
  3. Marguerite uses only clarified butter; she considers herself a [gourmet/gourmand].

Answers are on the next page.


Answers

  1. gourmand
  2. gourmet
  3. gourmet

Image courtesy of Shutterstock.

‘Gourmet’ or ‘Gourmand’?

Sometimes people confuse the words “gourmet” and “gourmand” because the words sound similar and they both have to do with food. Both a gourmet and a gourmand love food, but they love it differently.

Both words come from French, but surprisingly, even though they sound so much alike, they have different roots.

‘Gourmand’

“Gourmand” comes from a French word that means “glutton,” and a gourmand is, indeed, a glutton of food and drink. For example, you might say,

  • Hans saw the buffet as an opportunity to be a gourmand, trying every item available.

‘Gourmet’ 

“Gourmet” comes straight from the French word “gourmet,” and is a positive word that describes someone who is a connoisseur of food and drink, essentially someone who we might also in a more light way call a foodie. A gourmet savors flavors and might take pride in recognizing subtle differences. For example, you might say,

  • Cooking for Pierre makes me nervous; he’s such a gourmet.

Foodie” is a more recent term that comes from “food,” a word from Old English instead of French. Etymology Online says it first appeared in 1982. 

The best way to think about the difference between “gourmand” and “gourmet” was best stated in the 1898 book Dictionary of Phrase and Fable: “A gourmand regards quantity more than quality, [and] a gourmet quality more than quantity.”

Another way to remember that a gourmand likes to eat a lot of food is to think of the Michelin Man—yes, the chubby white icon made out of tires.

The Bib Gourmand Award

You may be familiar with the Michelin Guide which is published by the same company that makes tires. It was originally a guidebook for drivers, but is now best known for its restaurant ratings. It’s a big deal for a restaurant to be able to say it’s a Michelin star restaurant, and starred restaurants tend to be expensive, but Michelin also has an award for lower-cost restaurants, and we’re talking about it because the award is called the Bib Gourmand. 

Bib is the name of our chubby friend, the Michelin Man, short for Bibendum, and the Bib Gourmand is an award for a restaurant that has good food but is also a “very good value for [your] money.” For our purposes, you can think of it as a place where you can afford to eat a large amount of good food. A place that would make a gourmand like Bib happy.

To sum up, take your favorite gourmand to a delicious buffet and your favorite gourmet to the best French restaurant you can find.

Quiz

  1. I don’t think we have enough food; you know Geoff is a [gourmet/gourmand].
  2. It’s our anniversary, so Jules and I are going out for a [gourmet/gourmand] dinner.
  3. Marguerite uses only clarified butter; she considers herself a [gourmet/gourmand].

Answers are on the next page.


Answers

  1. gourmand
  2. gourmet
  3. gourmet

Image courtesy of Shutterstock.

‘Gourmet’ or ‘Gourmand’?

Sometimes people confuse the words “gourmet” and “gourmand” because the words sound similar and they both have to do with food. Both a gourmet and a gourmand love food, but they love it differently.

Both words come from French, but surprisingly, even though they sound so much alike, they have different roots.

‘Gourmand’

“Gourmand” comes from a French word that means “glutton,” and a gourmand is, indeed, a glutton of food and drink. For example, you might say,

  • Hans saw the buffet as an opportunity to be a gourmand, trying every item available.

‘Gourmet’ 

“Gourmet” comes straight from the French word “gourmet,” and is a positive word that describes someone who is a connoisseur of food and drink, essentially someone who we might also in a more light way call a foodie. A gourmet savors flavors and might take pride in recognizing subtle differences. For example, you might say,

  • Cooking for Pierre makes me nervous; he’s such a gourmet.

Foodie” is a more recent term that comes from “food,” a word from Old English instead of French. Etymology Online says it first appeared in 1982. 

The best way to think about the difference between “gourmand” and “gourmet” was best stated in the 1898 book Dictionary of Phrase and Fable: “A gourmand regards quantity more than quality, [and] a gourmet quality more than quantity.”

Another way to remember that a gourmand likes to eat a lot of food is to think of the Michelin Man—yes, the chubby white icon made out of tires.

The Bib Gourmand Award

You may be familiar with the Michelin Guide which is published by the same company that makes tires. It was originally a guidebook for drivers, but is now best known for its restaurant ratings. It’s a big deal for a restaurant to be able to say it’s a Michelin star restaurant, and starred restaurants tend to be expensive, but Michelin also has an award for lower-cost restaurants, and we’re talking about it because the award is called the Bib Gourmand. 

Bib is the name of our chubby friend, the Michelin Man, short for Bibendum, and the Bib Gourmand is an award for a restaurant that has good food but is also a “very good value for [your] money.” For our purposes, you can think of it as a place where you can afford to eat a large amount of good food. A place that would make a gourmand like Bib happy.

To sum up, take your favorite gourmand to a delicious buffet and your favorite gourmet to the best French restaurant you can find.

Quiz

  1. I don’t think we have enough food; you know Geoff is a [gourmet/gourmand].
  2. It’s our anniversary, so Jules and I are going out for a [gourmet/gourmand] dinner.
  3. Marguerite uses only clarified butter; she considers herself a [gourmet/gourmand].

Answers are on the next page.


Answers

  1. gourmand
  2. gourmet
  3. gourmet

Image courtesy of Shutterstock.

‘Gourmet’ or ‘Gourmand’?

Sometimes people confuse the words “gourmet” and “gourmand” because the words sound similar and they both have to do with food. Both a gourmet and a gourmand love food, but they love it differently.

Both words come from French, but surprisingly, even though they sound so much alike, they have different roots.

‘Gourmand’

“Gourmand” comes from a French word that means “glutton,” and a gourmand is, indeed, a glutton of food and drink. For example, you might say,

  • Hans saw the buffet as an opportunity to be a gourmand, trying every item available.

‘Gourmet’ 

“Gourmet” comes straight from the French word “gourmet,” and is a positive word that describes someone who is a connoisseur of food and drink, essentially someone who we might also in a more light way call a foodie. A gourmet savors flavors and might take pride in recognizing subtle differences. For example, you might say,

  • Cooking for Pierre makes me nervous; he’s such a gourmet.

Foodie” is a more recent term that comes from “food,” a word from Old English instead of French. Etymology Online says it first appeared in 1982. 

The best way to think about the difference between “gourmand” and “gourmet” was best stated in the 1898 book Dictionary of Phrase and Fable: “A gourmand regards quantity more than quality, [and] a gourmet quality more than quantity.”

Another way to remember that a gourmand likes to eat a lot of food is to think of the Michelin Man—yes, the chubby white icon made out of tires.

The Bib Gourmand Award

You may be familiar with the Michelin Guide which is published by the same company that makes tires. It was originally a guidebook for drivers, but is now best known for its restaurant ratings. It’s a big deal for a restaurant to be able to say it’s a Michelin star restaurant, and starred restaurants tend to be expensive, but Michelin also has an award for lower-cost restaurants, and we’re talking about it because the award is called the Bib Gourmand. 

Bib is the name of our chubby friend, the Michelin Man, short for Bibendum, and the Bib Gourmand is an award for a restaurant that has good food but is also a “very good value for [your] money.” For our purposes, you can think of it as a place where you can afford to eat a large amount of good food. A place that would make a gourmand like Bib happy.

To sum up, take your favorite gourmand to a delicious buffet and your favorite gourmet to the best French restaurant you can find.

Quiz

  1. I don’t think we have enough food; you know Geoff is a [gourmet/gourmand].
  2. It’s our anniversary, so Jules and I are going out for a [gourmet/gourmand] dinner.
  3. Marguerite uses only clarified butter; she considers herself a [gourmet/gourmand].

Answers are on the next page.


Answers

  1. gourmand
  2. gourmet
  3. gourmet

Image courtesy of Shutterstock.

‘Interment’ or ‘Internment’?

‘Interment’ and ‘internment’ are both unpleasant, but they mean different things.

‘Interment’

‘Interment’ is being buried in the ground. After you die, if you choose to be buried, your body is interred. It comes from the Latin words for “in the earth”: in” and “terra.” It’s the same “terra” that gives us the words “terrarium,” “territory,” “terrain,” and the dog of the earth (the “terrier”). Here’s an example: 

  • The family stopped fighting long enough to attend grandfather’s interment.

‘Internment’

“Internment” refers to being confined or detained, especially for political reasons and without trial. It comes from a French word that means “to send to the interior” or “to confine.” According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the phrase “internment camp” was first published in 1904 in the London newspaper, “The Observer,” to describe a camp for Russian refugees. Here’s a more recent example:

Japanese Internment Camps

As an aside, I visited Manzanar, one of the internment camps, a few years ago when we were on a road trip, and it was well worth the stop. It’s now a National Historic Site run by the National Park Service dedicated to preserving this shameful part of our country’s history so people don’t forget.

‘Intern’ and ‘Internship’

Finally, this tip also made me think of a common error I used to hear when I was a professor. Students would talk about getting an intern instead of getting an internship.

The position is called an internship, and the person who has the position is called an intern. Students would sometimes say something like, “I’m doing an intern this summer,” to which I would say, “Um, I don’t think that’s what you mean.”

Image courtesy of Shutterstock.

‘Interment’ or ‘Internment’?

‘Interment’ and ‘internment’ are both unpleasant, but they mean different things.

‘Interment’

‘Interment’ is being buried in the ground. After you die, if you choose to be buried, your body is interred. It comes from the Latin words for “in the earth”: in” and “terra.” It’s the same “terra” that gives us the words “terrarium,” “territory,” “terrain,” and the dog of the earth (the “terrier”). Here’s an example: 

  • The family stopped fighting long enough to attend grandfather’s interment.

‘Internment’

“Internment” refers to being confined or detained, especially for political reasons and without trial. It comes from a French word that means “to send to the interior” or “to confine.” According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the phrase “internment camp” was first published in 1904 in the London newspaper, “The Observer,” to describe a camp for Russian refugees. Here’s a more recent example:

Japanese Internment Camps

As an aside, I visited Manzanar, one of the internment camps, a few years ago when we were on a road trip, and it was well worth the stop. It’s now a National Historic Site run by the National Park Service dedicated to preserving this shameful part of our country’s history so people don’t forget.

‘Intern’ and ‘Internship’

Finally, this tip also made me think of a common error I used to hear when I was a professor. Students would talk about getting an intern instead of getting an internship.

The position is called an internship, and the person who has the position is called an intern. Students would sometimes say something like, “I’m doing an intern this summer,” to which I would say, “Um, I don’t think that’s what you mean.”

Image courtesy of Shutterstock.

‘Interment’ or ‘Internment’?

‘Interment’ and ‘internment’ are both unpleasant, but they mean different things.

‘Interment’

‘Interment’ is being buried in the ground. After you die, if you choose to be buried, your body is interred. It comes from the Latin words for “in the earth”: in” and “terra.” It’s the same “terra” that gives us the words “terrarium,” “territory,” “terrain,” and the dog of the earth (the “terrier”). Here’s an example: 

  • The family stopped fighting long enough to attend grandfather’s interment.

‘Internment’

“Internment” refers to being confined or detained, especially for political reasons and without trial. It comes from a French word that means “to send to the interior” or “to confine.” According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the phrase “internment camp” was first published in 1904 in the London newspaper, “The Observer,” to describe a camp for Russian refugees. Here’s a more recent example:

Japanese Internment Camps

As an aside, I visited Manzanar, one of the internment camps, a few years ago when we were on a road trip, and it was well worth the stop. It’s now a National Historic Site run by the National Park Service dedicated to preserving this shameful part of our country’s history so people don’t forget.

‘Intern’ and ‘Internship’

Finally, this tip also made me think of a common error I used to hear when I was a professor. Students would talk about getting an intern instead of getting an internship.

The position is called an internship, and the person who has the position is called an intern. Students would sometimes say something like, “I’m doing an intern this summer,” to which I would say, “Um, I don’t think that’s what you mean.”

Image courtesy of Shutterstock.

‘Interment’ or ‘Internment’?

‘Interment’ and ‘internment’ are both unpleasant, but they mean different things.

‘Interment’

‘Interment’ is being buried in the ground. After you die, if you choose to be buried, your body is interred. It comes from the Latin words for “in the earth”: in” and “terra.” It’s the same “terra” that gives us the words “terrarium,” “territory,” “terrain,” and the dog of the earth (the “terrier”). Here’s an example: 

  • The family stopped fighting long enough to attend grandfather’s interment.

‘Internment’

“Internment” refers to being confined or detained, especially for political reasons and without trial. It comes from a French word that means “to send to the interior” or “to confine.” According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the phrase “internment camp” was first published in 1904 in the London newspaper, “The Observer,” to describe a camp for Russian refugees. Here’s a more recent example:

Japanese Internment Camps

As an aside, I visited Manzanar, one of the internment camps, a few years ago when we were on a road trip, and it was well worth the stop. It’s now a National Historic Site run by the National Park Service dedicated to preserving this shameful part of our country’s history so people don’t forget.

‘Intern’ and ‘Internship’

Finally, this tip also made me think of a common error I used to hear when I was a professor. Students would talk about getting an intern instead of getting an internship.

The position is called an internship, and the person who has the position is called an intern. Students would sometimes say something like, “I’m doing an intern this summer,” to which I would say, “Um, I don’t think that’s what you mean.”

Image courtesy of Shutterstock.

‘Interment’ or ‘Internment’?

‘Interment’ and ‘internment’ are both unpleasant, but they mean different things.

‘Interment’

‘Interment’ is being buried in the ground. After you die, if you choose to be buried, your body is interred. It comes from the Latin words for “in the earth”: in” and “terra.” It’s the same “terra” that gives us the words “terrarium,” “territory,” “terrain,” and the dog of the earth (the “terrier”). Here’s an example: 

  • The family stopped fighting long enough to attend grandfather’s interment.

‘Internment’

“Internment” refers to being confined or detained, especially for political reasons and without trial. It comes from a French word that means “to send to the interior” or “to confine.” According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the phrase “internment camp” was first published in 1904 in the London newspaper, “The Observer,” to describe a camp for Russian refugees. Here’s a more recent example:

Japanese Internment Camps

As an aside, I visited Manzanar, one of the internment camps, a few years ago when we were on a road trip, and it was well worth the stop. It’s now a National Historic Site run by the National Park Service dedicated to preserving this shameful part of our country’s history so people don’t forget.

‘Intern’ and ‘Internship’

Finally, this tip also made me think of a common error I used to hear when I was a professor. Students would talk about getting an intern instead of getting an internship.

The position is called an internship, and the person who has the position is called an intern. Students would sometimes say something like, “I’m doing an intern this summer,” to which I would say, “Um, I don’t think that’s what you mean.”

Image courtesy of Shutterstock.