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FSF - Greedy as a Pig

 GREEDY AS A PIG

I was flipping through the channels last night when this clip from the movie Snatch caught my eye.
 

 
It had me thinking was it true, I know other movies and shows that featured pigs being fed flesh. I know from my own experience working on hog farms they can devour each other rather quickly. But is this really where the saying came from?
 
Meaning: Pigs will eat all put in front of them
 
Origin: As near as I can tell this saying did not originate with how much flesh a pig can eat. It is known as a false proverb, which means, not being a complete sentence and seldom express any general wisdom (Yoruba Proverbs, Oyekan Owomoyela). It has however been with us as long as we have been keeping pigs and refers more generally to the fact that pigs  are someone or something that monopolizes time and resources. 
 
 
 
Farm Sayings Friday is weekly feature of Yield Starts Here. You might think your grandparents made it up, but that old saying likely goes back many years. In this feature we will figure out who said it first and what it really means! Do you have a well used saying in your family, send to us and we'll feature it in a future blog.
 
Yield Starts Here is a blog for farmers, focusing on increasing yield and profitability by focusing on the soil. It is managed by Craig Dick, a Blogronomist and Sales and Marketing Manager at Calcium Products. Find other articles by Craig and guest writers at http://blog.calciumproducts.com/ .
 

 

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