Thursday, August 14, 2008

Guinea-Pig

GUINEA-PIG, n.   A small Brazilian animal of the genus Cavia and frequently called the cavy.  
In the opinion of the President of the California Academy of Sciences it is rather a dog than a pig.  He grounds his judgement upon the classical admonition Cave canem.

2008 Update:  The officially sanctioned dish of Peru and enlightenment.  Metaphorically, a test subject, such as a scientist's journal submission.

16 comments:

Venus said...

Tasty, though not as much fun as chipmunks.

sauerkraut said...

There is something really unappetizing about reading of Peru's favorite dish whilst eating breakfast. Otherwise, I am most pleased to be your first test subject.

DISCLAIMER: no pigs (guinea or otherwise) were harmed in the typing of this message. I can not, however, say the same for my breakfast. Bacon, anyone?

sauerkraut said...

aarrgggg... lesson learned: he who types slowest is not first.

the amoeba said...

GUINEA PIG, n. Alpha tester. Or any user of Microsoft® products.

Bierce's assignment of the guinea pig to the Canidae on the basis of Cave canem is erroneous, not to mention libelous. Everyone knows that the phrase refers to Neanderthal-era corporal punishment ("caning").

mireille said...

Could it be a money-hog for those of the Cockney persuasion? xoxo

Jim said...

Guinea-Pig: I am glad the thinking has it in the dog family. I don't eat dogs or those cute little Guinea-Pigs whatever they are.

Guinea-Pig:
"Dont call me in the middle of the night no more
Dont expect me to be there
Dont think that it'll be the way it was before
Dont think that i care
Im not over u yet
And i dont wanna be ur" Guinea-Pig

http://www.lyricsmode.com/lyrics/n/nina/i_dont_wanna_be_your_friend.html
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quilly said...

GUINEA-PIG n.
OC, whenever I try out a new recipe. So far he seems to like it.

Ariel the Thief said...

I don't know it, I have never eaten one.

TLP said...

A grabby person from Western Africa. I'm a PA-Pig.

tsduff said...

When I was a kid, my Mom made me clean the guinea pig cages. Those things multiply like rabbits. We had the long hair Peruvian variety, and they have a habit of gnawing on each other's hair.

Doug said...

Venus, they're more fun eaten live.

Sauerkraut, you're co-first, I say. Cuy is usually supper fare, I believe.

Amoeba, the neanderthal era that continues?

Mireille, it could be if Cockneys had money.

Jim, how does a gentleman of your age and distinction find lyrics like that?

Quilly, guinea pigs should be more cautious in a kitchen.

Ariel, it tastes like chicken. (Me either.)

And I a CA-Cavy, blogmama.

Terry, probably a conflict between guinea pigness and Peruvianity.

actonbell said...

Beware of guinea pigs in Peru! Probably taste like chicken.

agxdf-sinister

Tom & Icy said...

Some dancers stick them up into their butt before they perform.

cooper said...

We're guinea pigs it's just not everyone knows it.

I was watching something one night recently about Peru where these folks went to a well known local Peruvian Guinea Pig baroque pit ....icky.

Jim said...

Hey Doug, I didn't expect a question as a reply. But,,,
I couldn't find the song I used to sing that I can't remember, this one is close. And I like the singer on the video on that link.
She ...
Oh yes, we are discussing guinea pigs here, aren't we (supposed to be)? :-)
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Doug said...

Actonbell, I suspect a nice coati flavor.

Icy, I learn a lot from you, too.

Cooper, a rococo pit would be grosser.

Jim, this is a lawless blog. Was the one you used to sing Gershwin?