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Monday, 9 December 2013

Spot the frippet: canine.

The trouble is, if you do spot a canine you may well not want to hang around too long to admire it.

A lion's roar, for instance, will show off several beautifully.

On the other hand a domestic cat's yawn is unlikely to be very threatening - and a gorilla's is designed to keep the peace.


In the UK they found a 'vampire' skeleton



 and the walrus:

Photo of several walruses, with prominently displayed white pairs of tusks

show off their canines pretty much all the time. (Though, if you're a vampire, you won't be able to see yours. Except possibly with a selfie.)

The best canines to spot are a dog's, because canine means anything to do with a dog (or, indeed, a dog itself), and so a dog's canines are, very pleasingly, a canine's canines.

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Photo by Miro Cacik.

Or I suppose you could even term them a canine's canine canines: so three hundred and three points if you see him and all his friends.

Do watch out for Cruella, though.

Spot the frippet: canine. This word is from the Latin canis, which means dog.



  1. As the proud owner of three large canines with very big canines, how many points do I get for seeing all their canine canines?

    1. Three large canines with very big canines?
      As many as you like!

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    1. On terms of strict justice, I'd say twelve. But then Jingles is on the other side of the Atlantic, so I expect you'll be all right.

      Mind you, if you DO see a lady walking along carrying a large collection of dictionaries and surrounded by three equally large dogs...well, I'd be a little afraid if I were you.