It can be a little tricky explaining that you are a lacto-ovo-pesco vegetarian. The term is generally received with puzzled expressions and terror that preparing a meal is about to get more complicated than composing a symphony.
The result is a protracted exchange about what you are prepared to eat, followed by a string of clarification questions.
Pescotarian, a less formal term, still requires explanation.
“Nothing with a face” is often used by vegetarians, but is only relevant in my case if you do not consider fish as having faces — they have all the relevant items in a roughly correct arrangement and appear decidedly less that pleased of that fact.
And so I came up with something new:
“I don’t eat anything with lungs.”
It’s clear, covers all the relevant animal groups, and is gloriously discomforting. Perfect.