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Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Hokudai/Cast 64: What Do You Eat?

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Are you a carnivore, herbivore, or omnivore? 

These are words related to what you eat. First, notice that each word has 'vore' in it. 'Vore' means 'to eat.' Now, look at carnivore. Carn means 'meat' so carnivore means 'eats meat.' What do you think 'herbivore' means? Here's a hint. 'Herb' means 'plant' so an animal that eats only plants is an herbivore. (eats plants).

  – If a person is an herbivore we usually call them a vegetarian (from vegetables.). – 

The final word is omnivore. What does omni mean? It means 'all.' An omnivore is an animal that eats meat and plants.  There is one more word that you might like to know: fructivore. What is that? Well, fructose is a sugar. It is usually found in plants. Specifically, it is found in fruit. 'Fruc' is related to fruit. This means a fructivore is an animal that eats fruit. (sometimes it is spelled frugivore.) Many monkeys and bats are fructivores.

Which are humans? Well, many people think we are omnivores because many people eat both plants and animals. However, many other people are saying that we Can eat animals but our bodies are built for eating plants. Read this and decide: Omnivore?
It is interesting to note that the planet's biggest animals are herbivores. Elephants, horses, and hippopotamus are all herbivores; they don't eat meat. Also, generally speaking, humans don't eat carnivores. We don't eat lions and tigers, for example. But we do eat rabbits (herbivores) and dogs (omnivores.) 
Do you know chili con carne? It's a famous Mexican food and usually it is called chili. The 'con' means 'with' and chili is a spice. What is the spice with? Carne. This is Spanish for 'meat.' One of the most popular dishes in the world is arroz con pollo. Arroz means 'rice' and pollo means 'chicken'. Rice with chicken. There's a Spanish restaurant in Kata-machi, Kanazawa called Arroz, by the way, and the owner speaks Japanese and Spanish.

By the way, look at the word hippopotamus. This has a couple of useful roots in it. First, 'hippo' means horse. And 'potamus' means river. A hippopotamus is a 'river horse.' In Japanese a hippopotamus is a 河馬 (river horse).

Omni means 'all' and sci means 'know or knowledge.' We can see this 'sci' in science. A person who knows everything is omniscient - knows all. 

In Dead Men Don't Travel (part 9) Vicki is on the verge of finding the mysteriously disappearing Roger, a dead man. Or is she? Two people have died and she is no closer to finding Roger's body. But she's on her way to his wife's house. Did Roger's wife hide his body? Did she move his body? What did she do with Roger's body? Maybe Vicki will find out.

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