Friday, August 21, 2009

The World's Most Finicky Cat & Dog

funny word of the day: finicky

Definition from Merriam-Webster:
Pronunciation: \ˈfi-ni-kē\
Function: adjective
Etymology: alteration of finicking
Date: circa 1825
1 : extremely or excessively particular, exacting, or meticulous in taste or standards 2 : requiring much care, precision, or attentive effort
— fin·ick·i·ness noun

For some reason, this word is often used to describe cats moreso than people. Remember Morris the Cat? Voiced by John Irwin of Masters of the Universe, he is the advertising mascot for 9Lives brand cat food, appearing on its packaging and in many of its television commercials. A large red tabby tom, he is "the world's most finicky cat", and prefers only 9Lives brand, making this preference clear by means of humorously sardonic voice-over comments when offered other brands. Every can of 9Lives features Morris' "signature".

Evidently, dogs can also be finicky. My husband likes to sing this jingle from a Mealtime dog food commercial he watched growing up. It went like this: "You get so finicky when it comes to meal time. That's why it's Mealtime for you, my finicky friend." Their slogan was "A meaty taste for your finicky friend." Gross.

Here are links to both commercials:

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