You sometimes see the term "veg*n" on sites such as this one. What exactly does this term mean? Why is it used?

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    I had guessed the answer when I first saw it thanks to my programmer background, but this is a very good question as today was the first time I have seen this term used.
    – Pharap
    Commented Mar 24, 2017 at 0:14
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    We're trying to avoid use of veg*n on this site now.
    – Nic
    Commented May 10, 2018 at 23:09

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Veg*n (or Veg*an) refers to both vegans and vegetarians. The use of the asterisk derives from its use in computer languages as a wildcard which can capture any sequence of characters.



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