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#17934 - 02/01/01 01:09 PM Healthful/healthy
Bean Offline
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Registered: 01/18/01
Posts: 1156
What's with "healthful"? Until several years ago, we were talking about "healthy eating", "healthy lifestyles". Now all the American magazines talk about "healthful eating" and so on. Why, oh why? It's awkward to say and there already was a perfectly good, very similar word!!!!!!!!!!

(And don't get me started on their abuse of every day/everyday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)


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#17935 - 02/01/01 02:20 PM Re: Healthful/healthy
Marianna Offline
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Registered: 01/09/01
Posts: 427
Loc: Spain
I don't think I have ever heard "healthful" being used in the UK, but I have definitely heard it from American friends. It seems to me that they make a difference between that which is "healthy", meaning free of disease and ailments, and "healthful", meaning wholesome and very good for you. Does that sound right?



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#17936 - 02/01/01 03:13 PM Re: Healthful/healthy
Bobyoungbalt Offline
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Registered: 11/22/00
Posts: 1289
Frankly, no. My take is that they mean the same thing. I agree that "healthful" is a recent invention, doubtless by some marketing type, to incorporate the word "full" with "health". There's a lot of that kind of smoke and mirrors. Then you get this stuff cluttering up vocabularies and dictionaries.


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#17937 - 02/01/01 03:34 PM Re: Healthful/healthy
Jackie Offline

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#17938 - 02/02/01 08:27 AM Re: Healthful/healthy
Bean Offline
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Registered: 01/18/01
Posts: 1156
Thanks, Jackie!

Not that it makes me feel much better - I still dislike the word "healthful" - and I think I also agree that this sudden increase in use is a marketing thing. Something "health-full" just sounds so much better than something which is "health-y", or so they must think!


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#17939 - 02/02/01 08:42 AM Re: Healthful/healthy
maverick Offline
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Registered: 09/15/00
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Something "health-full" just sounds so much better than something which is "health-y", or so they must think!

Perhaps they are correct? Though I instinctively dislike the word, I can sense a possible divergence of meaning that can be valid: say, a fish which is swimming along in fine health but may be against the interests of our health to eat...


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#17940 - 02/04/01 07:12 AM Re: Healthful/healthy
stales Offline
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Registered: 11/13/00
Posts: 866
Loc: Perth, Western Australia
Hmm. In-tree-ging. As far as I can tell, this bastardisation hasn't made it to Oz yet. Well, at least not to W.A. - mind you though, I'm often convinced that "W.A." does stand for "wait awhile"!!

stales


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#17941 - 02/05/01 05:45 AM Re: Healthful/healthy
Bridget Offline
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Registered: 06/27/00
Posts: 444
Loc: Sydney Australia
mind you though, I'm often convinced that "W.A." does stand for "wait awhile"!!

world apart!


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#17942 - 02/05/01 08:13 AM Re: Healthful/healthy
belligerentyouth Offline
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Registered: 12/20/00
Posts: 1055
Loc: Berlin
Waiting anxiously perhaps?

'healthful' goes in my 'modern fitness jargon' bag along with 'wellness', and is heaved to the back of my modest closet of vocabulary.


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#17943 - 02/05/01 07:11 PM Re: Healthful/healthy
stales Offline
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Registered: 11/13/00
Posts: 866
Loc: Perth, Western Australia
re "my modest closet of vocabulary".

So, I guess signing up at AWAD was a step towards coming out of the closet??

stales



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