Tuesday, 1 March 2011

I can't believe it's not pork (tm)

Now, given that there are various products for people who like to get their protein, such as Tofu (bleh), Quorn (yum) and - whisper it - Textured Vegetable Protein (TVP - or low grade soy mince to you and me), and even some pretend meat products such as vegetarian bacon (tastes ok, but feels like cardboard), this doesn't actually look that much of a malapropism.

However, consider that this one arrived in the middle of a conversation about roast dinners and specifically big lumps of meat that you carve into slices and have lovely bits of crackling coating them. Only then does it become something of a show-stopper.
Apparently, what Julie had meant was this, "Can you get vegetarian pigs?"
This, as you can guess, is a whole new thing.

There then followed a brief lesson - with diagrams - on the whole carnivore/herbivore/omnivore thing. Interrupted with frequent questions asking whether such-and-such an animal was carni/herbi/omnivore. I think she's got it straight now, but I'm still waiting for the follow-up cock-up...