Monday, June 22, 2009

Really, It's Just a Cute Rat


funny word of the day: hamster

This was actually yesterday's FWOTD, inspired by Nippy, my nephew Ben's class hamster who was temporarily staying at my sister's house for the weekend. Nippy nearly escaped his hamster ball but luckily he was too fat to get anywhere very fast and we caught him and put him back in his cage.
Definition from Merriam-Webster:
ham·ster
Pronunciation:
\ˈham(p)-stər\
Function:
noun
Etymology:
German, from Old High German hamustro, of Slavic origin; akin to Old Russian choměstorŭ hamster, of Iranian origin; akin to Avestan hamaēstar- oppressor
Date:
1607
: any of a subfamily (Cricetinae) of small Old World rodents having very large cheek pouches
I have to admit, Nippy was kind of cute but I was raised in a pet-free household with a mother who thought any rodent -- hamster, gerbil, squirrel, mouse -- was basically just a rat in disguise so I'm not sure I'd want a pet hamster. If I had one, though, I'd name it Hammy or Cheeks. Nippy's good too but already taken!

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