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'I'm vegan'
(and then that magic conversation that happens all too rarely)
'OMG ME TOO'
'OMGHAVEYOUTIREDTHISANDTHISANDTHATANDTHIS?'
'YESANDWHATABOUTTHATOTHERPLACEISN'TITSOGOOD?!'

But yea, 'I'm vegan' because it's a state, not a job. 'I'm a vegan sir, I've come to liberate your animals, it'll just take a minute.'
 

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Yea that's what I tend to say too...Sometimes I end up saying I'm a vegan though...because if I was a vegetarian and someone asked me if I wanted a hamburger I would say ..."No thanks, I'm a vegetarian." So why would I say "I'm vegan" rather than "I'm a vegan"

Haha. Note: I'm not losing sleep over this it's just something I find myself pondering about so I was curious if anyone else had thought about it too.
 

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Huh, interesting. I say "I'm a vegetarian" but I feel like I would say "I'm vegan"
I would probably say "she's a vegan" though...

...I've just been repeating "I'm vegan...I'm a vegan..." out loud for like the past two minutes
Now I'm not sure.
 

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Originally Posted by Kappa View Post

'I'm vegan'
(and then that magic conversation that happens all too rarely)
'OMG ME TOO'
'OMGHAVEYOUTIREDTHISANDTHISANDTHATANDTHIS?'
'YESANDWHATABOUTTHATOTHERPLACEISN'TITSOGOOD?!'

But yea, 'I'm vegan' because it's a state, not a job. 'I'm a vegan sir, I've come to liberate your animals, it'll just take a minute.'
I has one of those conversations in Lush, and the assistant said "oh you're vegan?" And I thought, oh, that's what it is after spending the last few months pondering the terminology on how to refer to myself.

Totally agree! "I'm vegan" or just "yeah, vegan" ( my latest) is more of a state of who, not just what you are. I've found that " I'm a vegan" will get "you're a what?" at my office.
 

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I've honestly never noticed if I say vegan or a vegan, now its going to be something I'll listen for when I talk. but its always hard to listen for your own speech habits cause when you think about what you say/how you say it you tend to correct yourself subconsciously...
 

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Yeah I just say "I'm vegan"

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Someone: Oh, are you vegetarian?/Are you still a vegetarian?
Me: Vegan.
Haha I get that a lot, for some reason when people talk a lot about meat they suddenly go "oh...you're not vegetarian are you?" "I'm vegan" "....oh...." haha, for some reason they think they've offended me
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Okay well at least I know that I'm not sounding dumb if I say it different ways. It's actually probably quite comical because people will ask me and then I say either, "I'm vegan" or "I'm a vegan"....and then I kind of frown and think about if it sounded right.
 

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I've never thought about this before, but now that you mention it, the grammar geek in me thinks "I'm a vegan" and "I'm a vegetarian" are more accurate than "I'm vegan" or "I'm vegetarian".

Putting the article "a" in front of the word makes it a noun, so "I'm a vegan" is a sentence in the format of subject-verb-noun. I wouldn't say "I'm computer programmer" or "She's teacher." Instead, "I'm a computer programmer" and "She's a teacher" are correct.

Without the article before the word, it's an adjective, so "I'm vegan" is in the subject-verb-adjective sentence format. The words "vegan" and "vegetarian" can be used as adjectives, but usually only for describing foods, or other items, when talking about whether or not they come from animals. As nouns, those words describe people who follow those lifestyles, but as adjectives, they usually describe objects, not people.

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I'm pretty sure either way is correct. I say "I'm vegan" though. XD It's like what that one french grammar expert said before she passed away, "'I'm going to', or 'I am about to die.' Either expression is correct."
 

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I think it's probably easy to drop the 'a' too because 'vegan' has a fairly strong 'a' sound which can make 'I'm a vegan' sound awkward.
 

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Do you say... "I'm vegan"....or do you say "I'm a vegan" ??? Or do you say it differently in different occasions. I'm curious what terminology people use.
Neither, usually. Although either would be technically correct as the term can act as either noun or adjective.
 
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