11 PIG expressions in English: “pig out”, “pig tails”, “piggy back”…

Published on March 22, 2016

There are many “pig” expressions in English, and in this lesson, I will teach you 11 of them. For example, “pig out” doesn’t mean a pig that has escaped from the farm. It means to eat a lot! If someone calls you a “pig”, that is quite mean! A “piggy back” isn’t only an animal part. Learn the meaning of these expressions and more by watching this lesson and doing our quiz at http://www.engvid.com/11-pig-expressions-in-english


[Snorts]. Oink, oink. Pig. [Snorts]. Hi. [Snorts]. Ronnie, pig. Ronnie, pig. I’m not a pig. Sometimes I’m a pig. Today I’m going to teach you not 10, but 11-watch it-pig expressions. So, maybe you have heard things like this on TV or in movies where somebody talks about a piggy bank, and your brain goes: “Pig, yes. Bank, yes. What? Together? There’s a pig in the bank? Oh, this is crazy.” So, I’m going to teach you some crazy expressions about pigs. [Snorts]. Ready? 11 of them. “Pig” and “Piggy”, they’re the same thing with a slight variation. “Piggy” is more of a cute word that we use to talk about a pig. So children would probably say: “piggy”, or if you want to be cute, you can say: “piggy” instead of “pig”. Depends how cute you want to be.

So the first one, one of the… Probably the most common expression we use with “pig” is “pig out”. Pig out. So, the pig’s leaving? Not sure, here. So, “pig out” means you ate so much. If you’re going to use the past tense, we would say: “pigged out”. For example: “I went to a restaurant last night, and I ate so much food; I pigged out. I ate everything, and I’m really, really full.” Pigs eat anything and everything. Pigs eat a lot. They even eat bacon. Yeah, they’re cannibals. So, pigs, if you pig out or pigged out, it means you ate a lot of food. Delicious. So you can say, for example: “I pigged out last night.” or “He pigged out last night.”, “I’m going to pig out.” Doesn’t matter.

The next one. Oo, look at my hair, yeah. So, if you might notice that I have some crazy hair today, these, the hair style that I have, these are called “pigtails”. I’m not sure why. Pigs definitely have tails, but the tails on pigs are spirally or curly, but this hairstyle that I have is called a pigtail. Now, if my hair was at the back and tied at the back like this, it would be a “ponytail”. I don’t know why humans have to have hair that relate to animals. We are a strange bunch. So, “pigtails” is a hairstyle-hello, marker-like this.

Next one-oh, my mom said this to me a lot-a “pig pen” or a “pig sty”. Now, a pig pen or a pig sty is the place where the pig lives. Like all other animals in the world; cows, horses, pigs – they don’t have, like, vacuum cleaners, or maid service, or really anything, and their place is really dirty. Cows, sheep, anything, any animal that lives in a barn or in a farm, they’re dirty. Chickens, pretty dirty, pretty smelly. A pig pen or a pig sty means that your room or your place is really, really, really dirty. So, if you’re… Maybe somebody says: “Wow, your room is like a pig pen.” It means your room is really dirty. You should clean it. Mm-hmm. Or don’t. It’s your choice.

Next one-oh, McDonalds-sometimes you get really, really, really bad food-McDonalds-and it’s actually called “pig slop”, because like I said before, pigs, they eat anything. So “pig slop” refers to really, really terribly disgusting food that looks really bad, too, actually. So “pig slop” means bad food that you have to eat. Mm-hmm.

The next one, this is an adjective and it describes a person: “pig-headed”. Yeah, it’s not really a person with a pig head; that’s, again, strange. “Pig-headed” means the person is very, very, very stubborn or they will not change their mind. So if somebody is pig-headed, they’re not very easy to get along with. Are you pig-headed? I am. I’m ponytail-headed. I’m okay.

Next one-uh-oh, this is slang, oo, slang, yeah-you see this a lot in movies, jokes about bacon happen a lot: “pig” is the slang term for a police officer. So you will hear people calling police officers “pigs”. [Snorts]. I’m not too sure why. They don’t eat donuts. Oh, they do eat donuts, that’s why, I get it now. Okay, so never, ever call a police officer a pig unless you would like to go to jail or get beaten down. So if you’re ever arrested by a nice, fancy police officer, never call them a pig. It is slang that you can use with your friends, but never to their face. You will be in some serious manure, which means sheep poo, if you do this. I’ve warned you: Don’t use it in front of a police officer.

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