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Entry from March 31, 2015
“When two vegetarians are arguing, is it still considered beef?”

When someone has a “beef” with someone else, it means a “grudge” or a “complaint.” The word “beef” does not mean “meat,” but the confusion leads to some humor.

“I’m probably not the first to wonder this, but is it possible to have a ‘beef’ between two vegetarians?” was posted on Twitter by Lovelace Moore on December 30, 2009. “If two vegetarians get into a fight, do we still call it beef?” was posted on Twitter by Lord Baelish on April 7, 2010. “RT @MagicMike: Is a rivalry between two vegetarians still called a beef?” was posted on Twitter by Paul Aguayo on April 9, 2010. “if two vegetarians have an argument is it still called having a ‘beef’?” was posted on Twitter by kayla angel hayes on April 29, 2010.

“If two vegans have a fight, is it still considered a beef?” and “If two vegans have an argument, is it still called a beef? Or is it a quornfrontation?” are related sayings.


Wiktionary: beef
Noun
beef
(plural beef or beefs or beeves)
(...)
4. (slang, countable or uncountable, plural: beefs) a grudge (+ with)

Twitter
Lovelace Moore
@elmore55
I’m probably not the first to wonder this, but is it possible to have a “beef” between two vegetarians?
8:00 AM · Dec 30, 2009·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
Lord Baelish
@Ndinike
If two vegetarians get into a fight, do we still call it beef?
7:47 AM · Apr 7, 2010·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
Paul Aguayo
@Meyerkord
RT @MagicMike: Is a rivalry between two vegetarians still called a beef?...
@oneheavenlyhart well is it? Paul sends
11:49 AM · Apr 9, 2010·Twitter Web Client

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kayla angel hayes
@texter1127
if two vegetarians have an argument is it still called having a “beef”?: http://chatter.com/a/68we2
1:35 AM · Apr 29, 2010·MeetMe Share

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z.
@honeysparklers
Can two vegetarians have beef with each other? lmaooo
9:53 AM · Jun 19, 2010·Twitter Web Client

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kimmi
@KimmiSpark
If two vegetarians have a problem, is it still called a beef? #hmm
6:27 AM · Jun 26, 2010·Twitter Web Client

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Andy Fortune
@AndyFBaby_
#GoodQuestion ! RT @IdolizeMyAura: #Random If 2 vegetarians have a problem, is it still called beef?
10:29 PM · Jun 28, 2010·TweetCaster

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@magic5x
Is a fight btween 2 vegetarians called a beef?.lol
12:58 PM · Jun 29, 2010·Twitter Web Client

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Vikki smile
@VikkiTBO
If two vegetarians have a problem, is it still called a beef?
4:38 PM · Jul 1, 2010·Twitter Web Client

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c a n d a c e
@bandace__
is a rivalry between two vegetarians still called a beef? lol
9:42 PM · Aug 11, 2010·Twitter Web Client

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Nikki Cupcake
@RealNikki305
RT @RobDiesel23: If two vegetarians are having a fight, is it still called beef? - @IBangedaJew lmfao
9:43 PM · Sep 7, 2010·ÜberSocialOrig

Twitter
tax the wealthy, tax the corps, medicare for all
@freneticpsyche
“If two vegetarians have a fight, is it still called a beef?” - philosoraptor
11:43 AM · Nov 15, 2010·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
David Voth
@SexCigarsBooze
If two vegetarians have a grudge against each other is it still considered a beef?
2:31 PM · Dec 2, 2010·TweetDeck

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Megatron
‏@anda_mduz
Is it still called beef when two vegetarians are in a rivalry? #random
9:10 AM - 25 May 2011

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ty
‏@1tyra_
when vegetarians argue , is it called a beef ?
9:33 PM - 22 Jun 2011

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Kababji
‏@Elahmedi
@vanillaH20melon hey. My friend was wondering, when two vegetarians fight, is it still called beef? I couldn’t find a lame enough answer…
4:17 PM - 2 Jul 2011

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Bruce Hol’him
‏@Chunchi
when two vegetarians argue is it still called a ‘beef’?
1:45 AM - 16 Sep 2011

Twitter
Brewster McGrath
‏@Brewster_McG
when vegetarians fight is it still called beef?
7:26 PM - 4 Nov 2011

Reddit—Shittyaskscience
Posted by u/charlemagne_the_cat July 16, 2014
If two vegetarians are fighting.. is it still considered “beef”?
Context: They’re fighting about a hamburger.

Reddit—Showerthoughts
Posted by u/Redhead_exterminator September 19, 2014
If two vegetarians are fighting, is it still considered beef?

Reddit—Jokes
Posted by u/ernie9994 September 20, 2014
If two vegetarians are fighting…
Is it still considered “beef”?

Lexington Leader (Lee County, TX)
2014-10-23 / General Stories
One Nation Under Fire
By The Patriot
(...)
One wag quipped, “Does political correctness mean that when two vegetarians have an argument I can no longer describe them as having a “beef”?

Reddit—Oneliners
Posted by u/red_froosh January 13, 2015
when two vegetarians are arguing, is it still considered beef?

Twitter
Will Njundong
‏@Makin_Mad_Money
i’m wondering...When two vegetarians are arguing is it still beef?
2:20 PM - 28 Mar 2015

Reddit—Shittyaskscience
Posted by u/Sam18840 October 18, 2017
If two vegetarians fight, is it still considered beef?

Reddit—Dadjokes
Posted by u/Reasonable_Beyond864 July 19, 2021
If two vegetarians have an ongoing dispute….
..is it still called a beef?

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • Tuesday, March 31, 2015 • Permalink