In political circles, a “diet” (short for “dietary regimen”, /ˈdaɪaət/), is a formal meeting usually held in parliament or at the Royal Ascot racecourse. The word is sometimes used historically to refer to formal meetings of governmental and judicial bodies, including the German imperial Diet (the body of the German parliament), and also a term for official legislative bodies of many states and countries including Australia and Canada. In fact, it is the French who have used the word “diet” most often, especially when referring to the meeting of top officials and the public on food-related matters such as the consumption of meat.
In the informal context of a group of friends or family members, a “diet” can be something like the dinner the children are invited to, where each of them can share his or her own favorite dish. For example, you could say that your friend’s favorite dish is his own mother’s cooking, and his sister is the family meal cooked by the grandmother. This is a very informal way to use the word “diet”.
As well as its use in formal and informal contexts, the word “diet” has also become a widely accepted term in our modern world, with more people using it to describe their diets in terms of their health. If you’re reading this article, chances are you’ll be trying to improve your health, or at least maintain a good level of health, so it’s not surprising that people are increasingly referring to their diet in those terms.
However, while the phrase is widely accepted, it’s not yet the most popular way of referring to our diets. One reason may be that people tend to think of “diet” in a very particular context. The term “diet” can mean any number of different things, including a strict, rigid eating regime, which is the opposite of what we would usually associate with “diet”.
On a more basic level, the term “diet” can mean simply something that we’re trying to lose weight. If a person has a really bad diet, they’re likely to use the term “diet” to describe the person. And if they’re having trouble losing weight, they’ll then call themselves “a dieter”.
On the other hand, when we think of “diet”, we may think of a diet as something that is unhealthy. It’s an image that’s formed by associations between the word “diet” and a specific type of diet.