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But in a meat-free world, how would you know what a chicken nugget tastes like if you've never eaten animals?

My question is more - why aren't new terms being coined?

I think you're missing the main target audience of those products. Most vegetarians in America were not born vegetarian. Those products are aimed at people who are new to being vegetarian and are trying to figure out how and what to eat now, or at people who gave up meat for ethical reasons but miss the taste, or for people in "mixed" relationships where it's a compromise position between the vegetarian and omnivore. The products are meant to act as a bridge, and I think naming them with the animal product they are meant to replace makes sense in that context.

To your point, I have a recipe for a salad that uses sunflower seeds and was originally called "mock tuna salad" or something like that. My kids have never eaten tuna, so when I make it for them, I just call it sunflower seed salad since "mock tuna" means nothing to them. If you get enough people like my kiddos who have never had meat, the marketing departments of the companies that make these foods will surely come up with other names for their products.

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