Thursday, August 14, 2008


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.


Anonymous said...

Tasty, though not as much fun as chipmunks.

Anonymous 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?

Anonymous said...

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

Anonymous 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.

"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

Anonymous said...

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 The Una 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.

Tom & Icy said...

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

Anonymous 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)? :-)

Doug The Una 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?