One of the most recent differences I've noticed in the gluten free community? Celiacs who say "I have celiac disease" versus "I am celiac."
Why does the distinction matter? Well, as a writing major who earned a (brutal) A in Linguistics, I obviously couldn't resist digging in.
When I say, "I have celiac disease," I'm talking about a trait. It's the same sentence structure as "I have gray eyes" or "I have an addiction to granola." (Both are true by the way).
Meanwhile, "I am celiac" says something slightly different. It says that celiac disease is who you are. It's an aspect of your very i…