Truth be told, there are many words that puzzle me - mainly French ones - but this is an "English" word that seems to have entered common usage quite recently.
People are claiming to be "foodies", and I am not sure what they mean. Strictly speaking, I would have thought we are all foodies - try being a non-foodie for more than a week and you will see the benefits of eating. Judging by the places that self proclaimed foodies recommend on travel blogs and forums I can only guess that a foodie is someone prepared to pay over the odds for a mediocre meal. Friends of ours (who will remain nameless to preserve their blushes) often comment that they occasionally have "foodie" guests who gush about a restaurant that most locals use as a place of last resort. We have eaten there, and most of the food seems to have been micro-waved.
Food. We love it.Maybe the term foodie is like the term muso. I have never met a professional musician (or even a serious amateur) who described themselves as a muso. Other people may do so, and so may people who listen to a lot of music and occasionally dabble with an instrument, but never in a professional situation have I heard someone describe themselves as a muso. Most musicians I have met hardly ever listen to music unless they're looking for inspiration, and never have background music playing. To a musician, music is never "background", it's there to be properly listened to, even if it is clearly rubbish. Anyone who spends 18 hours a day plugged into their i-thing and calls themselves a muso is usually dismissed as a wannabe.
So - foodie. What's it all about?
(The photo is of the excellent buffet at the Hotel de la Gare in Montrichard - generous, delicious, and mostly made in-house or by local artisans.)