Until well into the sixteenth century, bacon or bacoun was a Middle English term used to refer to all pork in general. The term bacon comes from various Germanic and French dialects. It derives from the French bako, Common Germanic bakkon and Old Teutonic backe, all of which refer to the back. There are breeds of pigs particularly grown for bacon, notably the Yorkshire and Tamworth.
The phrase “bring home the bacon” comes from the 12th century when a church in Dunmow, England offered a side of bacon to any man who could swear before God and the congregation that he had not fought or quarreled with his wife for a year and a day. Any man that could “bring home the bacon” was highly respected in his community.
On any other day, talk of a bacon lance could only be innuendo. But today’s “Ooh-er missus!” quotient has been used up by the White House teabaggers, so it’s actually a wierd experiment.
Just one of the genius products launched today over at thinkgeek. Shame there’s something fishy about it really.
Dan the Ginger Ninja sent me a link to the recipe for the Bacon Explosion. This is the sort of thing that can’t be unthought. And we have streaky bacon in the fridge and sausages in the freezer.
We’re not laminating flat foods until Alex gets a laminator of his own, or makes a fair cash offer for mine.
We’d just forget about that sort of thing and scare ourselves when we rediscovered it.