The image is my response to reading about another politician who wants to use the law to change how people use words. Their underlying reasons are to benefit one industry over another, usually the industry that they feel will provide the most votes or donations.

Poor old soya milk (as the world refers to it, regardless of what politicians dictate).

For anyone using text reader software, here's the text from the image:


Words, eh? Politicians with vested interests say the word "milk" should only apply to dairy milk.

The OED's definition 2 of milk as plant-based is over 600 years old. That's authority.

Dairy milk is one type of milk; plant milk another. Simple. Let's just always add a prefix to "milk" to clarify it.
Dairy milk. Oat milk. Coconut milk. Soya milk. Almond milk.
All clear then. Everyone is happy.

Unfortunately we already had a similar persecution in Europe, where they banned calling it soya milk (Council Regulation 1234/2007), which is why it is now labelled "soya drink" on the carton, even though everyone calls it soya milk.


Update, January 2020:

Someone recently criticised Stephen Fry for saying he used oat milk in his coffee. The critical idiot said "oat milk isn't milk".

Stephen Fry responded with "and peanut butter isn't butter, quince cheese isn't cheese, cream of coconut isn't cream ... try as dairy farmers might, history and the nature of language development will decide."

When they complained that you can't "milk an oat", Stephen Fry added:

"If you can milk an audience for applause and if you can milk a topic for discussion for all it's worth, then I reckon you can milk an oat. You can happily carry a meaning across different frames of reference and spheres of activity. The Greek for carrying across is 'metaphor' ..."

Yay to Stephen Fry!

Also file under: Head Cheese, Sweetbreads, Black Pudding, Hot Dog, Sea Cucumber, Rocky Mountain Oysters, Bombay Duck.