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Posted by Shae on October 13, 2002

In Reply to: Stuck posted by R. Berg on October 13, 2002

: : with regards to bleeding, my grand mother has always said that some one or something had "bled like a stuffed pig". To me this does not make much sense as I would think it might be a stuck pig that would bleed more than a stuffed pig. Any suggestions or sites for where to find the answer would be much appreciated.
: : thx.

: It's a stuck pig--stuck with a slaughtering knife, I believe. "Bleeding like a stuck pig" is a traditional phrase.

Unlike cattle or sheep, pigs, when frightened, release a hormone that taints the flavour of the meat. To avoid that, they were killed as suddenly as possible by sticking them through the heart with a sharp knife. They were bled immediately by suspending them by the back legs and the blood spurting from the wound was collected to make black puddings (blood sausages?)