Year of the Pig 2019: 3 Pig Expressions Finally Explained

By: Jacqui Denker | Kristina Guerrero Posted: 11:16 AM, Mar 1, 2019 Updated: 11:31 AM, Mar 1, 2019

We’re in the Year of the Pig, so we thought we’d look at expressions like when pigs fly or eating like a pig, which are used all the time. But do they make sense? We turned to Danielle Betterman of Better Piggies Rescue to demystify these sayings!


1. This Room is a Pigsty!


The first pig-inspired expression to help you celebrate the Year of the Pig? This room is a pigsty, which translates to super messy. You might have said or heard this before about having a messy room. “Well, that’s completely false because pigs just love to have a clean space,” says Danielle. In fact, Danielle says swine like it spick and span where they sleep – and if it’s not clean, they’ll clean it right out! “So maybe next time it’s a mess, just say your room is a ‘kidsty’ instead of a pigsty,” she quips. Good point!


2. Pig-Headed


The next hog expression to use during the Year of the Pig or whenever you want is pig-headed –which means stubborn! “That is true, pigs are very stubborn,” says Danielle. “They like the things that they like; they like the people that they like; and they’re not going to do anything you want them to do…It’s like having a three-year-old child at all times.” What’s the best way to make a pig cooperate? “Sprinkle some Cheerios down,” advises Michelle. “They come right out — it works every single time.” Maybe you should try using cheerios with your kids or spouse!


3. Sweating Like a Pig


Our last pig saying is sweating like a pig. This one’s gotta make sense, right? Wrong! Michelle tells us pigs actually don’t sweat: “The only sweat glands they have is only on their noses.” Since they don’t perspire, Danielle says they roll in mud or water to cool down. “You would never sweat like a pig, unless you only sweat on your nose and you’re rolling around in mud,” adds Michelle.” That sounds like a party we’d want to go to!


If you’re looking for pig expressions to use during the Year of the Pig, now you know which ones make sense and which ones don’t!


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