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Entry from September 04, 2010
Foochebag (foodie + douchebag)

"Foochebag” (foodie + douchebag) is slang for an arrogant or obnoxious or elitist food lover (such as a food blogger). The term was invented by the blog Houston Food Adventures! in a twitter on August 16, 2010, and quickly spread to food blogs in Houston, Chicago, New York and St. Louis.


Houston (TX) Press
Foodies Or Hipsters: Who’s More Obnoxious?
By John Seaborn Gray, Wed., Aug. 18 2010 @ 11:00AM
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Foochebag: The foochebag not only loves attention, but loves causing drama. We’re not talking about simply writing articles which are scintillatingly confrontational (tee-hee), we’re talking about a full-on Mean Girls-style campaign of backbiting and subterfuge. The foochebag wants everyone to hate who she hates, and love her for hating those people.

NBC New York - The Feast
Vocab
By Carly Fisher 08/27/10 at 05:10PM
Introducing The Foochebag
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Foochebag (noun)
Pronunciation: füsh-bāg
Definition: Portmanteau of “foodie” and “douchebag,” typically referring to foodies who are categorized by “attention-seeking, elitism, and superficiality.” Basically, arrogant food bloggers and Twitter users.
Origin: Coined by Houston food blog Houston Food Adventures; first published in Houston Press; most recently used in Chicagoist review of Girl & The Goat.
Usage: @sensestorm: “@johnseaborn What is your deal with “foochebags” this month? Did someone not share their foie gras with you?”

D Magazine (Dallas, TX) - SideDish
Are You a Foochebag?
Posted on August 31st, 2010 9:33am by Nancy Nichols
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Foochebag: “foodies who are categorized by “attention-seeking, elitism, and superficiality.” Basically, arrogant food bloggers and Twitter users.

Houston Food Adventures!
“Foochebag” Has Wings: A Timeline
August 31, 2010
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My first use of “foochebag” was in a conversation with John Seaborn Gray of the Houston Press on the afternoon of August 16, 2010. I was actually both bemused at and annoyed with John’s constant picking on “foodies”, which had been going on for at least a week. It led to this Tweet:

@johnseaborn What is your deal with “foochebags” this month? Did someone not share their foie gras with you?”
1:52 PM Aug 16th via web


As far as I can figure out, this is the first usage of “foochebag”

My goal was to distinguish foodies from people who use what they ate, where they ate and how much they paid for it as some kind of ego-booster.

The Houston Press picked up the word and mentioned it in an article on August 18. This is the first use in a professionally-produced publication.

As far as I can tell, from there it was mentioned by Chuck Sudo of The Chicagoist and later used in his review of a place called Girl & the Goat. Carly Fisher also used it for NBC Chicago on August 27th, and the same article was cross-posted to NBC New York later the same day.

ChicagoNow (Chicago, IL) - Chicago Food Snob
Foodie, Yelper, Foochebag - Oh’ my!
chicagofoodsnob on 09.01.10 at 6:00 PM
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Now we come to our final word of the day, Foochebag! Defined as: foodie’s who are considered attention seeking, superficial, elitists. The term was coined by a Houston food blog - Houston Food Adventures. It was most recently used here in the Chicagoist review of Girl and The Goat. You can also follow the foochebag on twitter. He happens to be an intern for Steve Dolinsky, too easy.

Riverfront Times (St. Louis, MO)
13 Signs You Might Be a Foochebag
By Ian Froeb, Fri., Sep. 3 2010 @ 10:45AM
Earlier this week, Gut Check learned a new word. It’s now our favorite word...ever.

Foochebag

Foochebag is a portmanteau (which we think means it was smuggled into the English language inside someone’s luggage) of the words foodie and douchebag and accurately summarizes the behavior on at least one occasion of everyone who doesn’t eat to live, but lives to eat.

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New York CityFood/Drink • (1) Comments • Saturday, September 04, 2010 • Permalink


What a perfect word, foochebag. It’s a douchebag with blown taste buds, thus needing to try anything put in front of them.

I wouldn’t be surprised that most foochebags are bullimic, thus allowing them to eat anything but stay skinny.

Posted by: Anonymous  on  11/14  at  07:50 PM

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