Thursday 16 August 2007

Origin of the saying " Bleeding like a stuck pig".


There are two versions, bleeding like a “stuck” pig, and bleeding like a “stuffed” pig. The stuck pig version appears to be the most common by far.
By all accounts it means to bleed profusely.
It would appear as though pigs, unlike other animals like sheep and cattle release a hormone when frightened, and this hormone “spoils” or “taints” the flavour of the meat. So, to avoid the bad taste, pigs are slaughtered as fast as possible.
There are two versions. One says a sharp knife is “stuck” into the heart of the animal, and then hung upside down to facilitate bleeding. This does not make all that much sense, as I would think if the heart is damaged the bleeding would be reduced.
The other, and more popular version is that the throat of a pig to be slaughtered is cut with a sharp knife, cutting the jugular vein. This causes profuse bleeding.
There is an abattoir close by to where I work, will pop in there and look and ask. Don’t think they still slaughter pigs in this way. Will find out.
amymeacham wanted to know where this saying came from.
Let me know if there is a phrase or saying you want to know more about, will go looking, digging and asking.

12 comments:

AmyMeacham said...

Thanks!

coon00720004 said...

useless as teets on a bore hog would be a good one to look up though the meaning is obvious.

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Koddy said...

This is the first time in my life that I listen to a saying like this. I think this is so funny

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Miskatonic said...

This saying never made much sense to me. I began to wonder if this were a misnomer. I started to think of similar sayings which would make sense and came up with this:

SQUEALING like a stuck pig.

Imagine what a pig would do if it found itself stuck in a confined space, like between two fence posts. The pig's squealing because it's stuck, not bleeding because it's been stabbed.

I think folks just misinterpreted the meaning of the word stuck and misheard squealing. Then, they came up with bleeding like a stuck pig.

Just a guess.

Polish Prince said...

Growning up as a son of Polish emigrants on a PA farm, I know the meaning from experience. My father would shoot the pig in the head with a 22 gun which would stun the pig causing him to sit down like a dog. Then my dad would wipe off the pigs chest with alcohol and stab him in the heart with a sharp narrow knife. The blood came gushing out like a spigot totally emptying in a matter of minutes into a big pot which we collected to make blood sausage "Kishka" as in "Who stoled the Kishka polka".