Bon vivant

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Dec 17 2019 22

Bon vivant is a noun that refers to a person who enjoys the good things in life.

Our word of the day comes to us directly from the French, where its literal translation is ‘good liver,’ as in ‘one who lives well.’ In particular, a bon vivant is someone with refined tastes in food and drink.

As a teenager, I thought of myself as something of a bon vivant, but I now realize I was mistaken. Knowing where to get the best curly fries in town is hardly the mark of a person with refined, sophisticated tastes.