Posted by Lotg on December 07, 2003
In Reply to: Pigs & mud posted by werner on December 06, 2003
: I used the phrase "a pig knows the mud he rolls in" to mean that someone knows the familiar territory among his peers, the other day. My wife thought it was a crude phrase and objected to it.
: Are there phrases that mean the same thing, but are more genteel? What I wanted to convey is that a person who long works in a particular field knows his peers and their habits and intents, knows the work, knows the routines, understands the signals, etc.
Never heard that one, although I don't understand you're wife's interpretation. The meaning to me seems harmless and just as you say. But an old favourite of mine involving pigs & mud, is to tell someone who is clearly telling you a great porky is to say that he is "lying like a pig in mud".
Or another one is to be as "happy as a pig in mud". So it appears to me that pigs in mud are of great importance in one form or another.