Last night, dinner with my parents, sister and boyfriend:
Mum: You know, one of my co-workers only eats macrobiotic food. She said you're vegetarian because you eat dairy and eggs
Me: Mum, I'm lacto-ovo-vegetarian. *explained briefly the different kinds of vegetarians* Besides, the macrobiotic diet includes fish and meat.
Mom: Oh, but she doesn't eat meat or fish. And she only drinks soy milk and have soy yogurts.
Me: Well, that's good for her, maybe she doesn't like meat/fish.
Mum: A couple that spent their holidays with us were vegetarian and sometimes went fishing and ate the fish.
Me: Then they weren't vegetarian, they were pescetarian.
Mum: But they only ate fish once and a while.
Me: It doesn't matter mum, if they eat fish they're not vegetarian.
Sister: You know, you shouldn't cut out meat and fish. They have "stuff" that you need.
Me: And don't you think I've read everything about being vegetarian?*brief explanation on proteins and nutrients*
Sister:*skeptic look on her face*
BF: Oh, don't worry... She'll give up after 4 or 5 months.
So basically I had a dinner were I had to struggle through the main misconceptions of being vegetarian.