To be socially vegetarian is when you follow a predominantly vegan diet, but are prepared to eat some egg and/or dairy when dining out with friends to not make things difficult with regards to restaurant selection, etc.
Joe: Guys, let's go eat at the steakhouse.
Dave: Fuck, we can't though. Jimmy's a vegan.
Steve: They do a mac n' cheese. That's vegan, right?
Jimmy: It's not, but it's fine. I'm socially vegetarian. We can eat there.

...everyone's happy!
by Tarrrzan May 17, 2018
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