"Eat your own dog food" quote
I always thought the phrase "eat your own dog food" is one of those profound statements that says a lot more than the simple words mean. I've used the phrase a few times in meetings to refer to projects, even if I had to explain what it meant. The phrase is concise and once someone understands the reference, nicely summarizes the question.
I heard it in regular use at microsoft for years before I used it. Don't attribute it to me.
Just read "Showstopper".
The Jargon File attributes it to MS & Netscape:
Thanks for setting me straight. I didn't realize that the phrase had been around for awhile and was in widespread use. That should qualify as one of the 5 new things I learned today, 4 to go! I haven't been explaining the concept too well and the jargon file has a pretty good summary, as long as they don't come back and ask me about some of the other terms found there.
Don't remember where, but I lately noticed the "Eat your own caviar" variation.
This expression comes from long before Microsoft and Netscape even existed. The fact is that it comes from a time when FM Master Foods (the pet food division of the more famous M&M Mars candy company) was trying to sell canned dog food to grocery stores back in the 50s (or maybe even earlier). At the time, dogs typically got the scraps of the day and the thought of a grocer selling pet food was unheard of.
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