Saturday, January 7, 2012

Friday's Dinner...

Since Primal-Poppy and I are workin the caveman diet, we decided to go whole-hog (I crack me up) and bought a couple of Mark Sisson's Primal Cookbooks. There is a recipe for a BLT where you use chicken breast as the bread. What a grand idea since we still have some Becky-Bacon.

We decided on turkey breast instead of the chicken. Unfortunately, the turkey really didn't stand up as a good vehicle for the BLTA (yes, A-vocado) so we made them open faced.

Per usual, my food porn never looks as good in the picture as it does in real life. Oh well, trust me, it was pretty and damn tasty!

Let's talk about some words and their origins. Here are a few words:


Where did these words come from and what do they mean? I used the term Whatchamahickey in an email to describe an item because I didn't know what it was. But, did I really mean to say Whatchamahickey? What if I really meant to say Whatchamajigger? Would it have the same meaning?

What about Dewhickey and Whatchamacallit? Is a Dewhickey something that you might play with, say a water meter? And would you use the term Whatchamacallit to describe the Dewhickey?

According to Wikipedia, Whatchamacallit is a shortened version of "what you may call it". It's also a candy. It's also an album by the group Pussycat Dolls. Hmmm, so many meanings to the word Whatchamacallit.

According to Wiktionary, Dewhickey (Doohickey) first attested 1914, of uncertain origin, probably from doodad (1905) +‎ hickey. Defined as a thing (used in a vague way to refer to something whose name one cannot recall).

According to the Urban Dictionary, Whatchamajigger is defined as a person who's name you don't remember.

As we know, Wikipedia and Urban Dictionary are to be taken with a grain of salt (say, what is the origin of that term?)

It's clear to me that for one to truly understand the meanings of such terms, one would have to be an expert in the origins of the English language...say someone who has spent their entire adult life studying such things instead of relying on Wikipedia or the Urban Dictionary for your definitions.

Now, let's take a look at some mythology...say, Neptune, for example. According to Wikipedia: (Neptune (Latin: Neptūnus) was the god of water and the sea in Roman mythology and religion. He is analogous with, but not identical to, the Greek god Poseidon. In the Greek-influenced tradition, Neptune was the brother of Jupiter and Pluto, each of them presiding over one of the three realms of the universe, Heaven, Earth and the Netherworld. Depictions of Neptune in Roman mosaics, especially those of North Africa, are influenced by Hellenistic conventions.

Unlike the Greek Oceanus, titan of the world-ocean, Neptune was associated as well with fresh water. Georges Dumézil suggested that for Latins, who were not a seafaring people, the primary identification of Neptune was with freshwater springs. Like Poseidon, Neptune was worshipped by the Romans also as a god of horses, under the name Neptunus Equester, a patron of horse-racing.

If you ask me, and nobody did, I think Mr. Neptune is hella Wet and Sexy!!

Enjoy your weekend!

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