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  • When Marius did stay home to dinner he was faced with fare like dormice stuffed with foie gras, the tiniest fig-pecker birds daintied beyond imagination, exotic vegetables and pungent arrays of sauces too rich for his tongue and his belly, if not his purse.

    The First Man in Rome

  • He presented Asellius Sabinus with two hundred thousand sesterces, for writing a dialogue, in the way of dispute, betwixt the truffle and the fig-pecker, the oyster and the thrush.

    De vita Caesarum

  • He can talk of sausages and silkworms, and forestry and agriculture and sheep-grazing, and how they catch porcupines and cure warts and manufacture manna; he knows about the evil eye and witches and the fata morgana and the tarantula spider, about figs in ancient and modern times and the fig-pecker bird -- that bird you eat bones and all, the focetola or beccafico (garden warbler).


  • We picked up our spoons, each of which weighed not less than half a pound, and punctured the shells, which were made of flour and dough, and as a matter of fact, I very nearly threw mine away for it seemed to me that a chick had formed already, but upon hearing an old experienced guest vow, "There must be something good here," I broke open the shell with my hand and discovered a fine fat fig-pecker, imbedded in a yolk seasoned with pepper.



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  • Hilarious.

    September 27, 2011

  • Go on, kiss the fig.

    September 27, 2011

  • Yarb, a spoonerism of fig-pecker might be frig-pig, listed by Grose's Classical Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue, 1811, as meaning "a trifling, fiddle-faddle fellow".

    September 26, 2011

  • Sure it's not a spoonerism?

    September 26, 2011

  • It's a bird.

    September 26, 2011