Posted by ESC on May 03, 2005
In Reply to: Sweating like a pig posted by Sarky on May 03, 2005
: : I would like to know how the phrase "sweating like a pig" originated.
: I guess it was somebody noticing that pigs sweat.
The last time this phrase came up, it was determined that pigs don't sweat. From the archives:
"Pigs, apparently, are pretty poor sweaters and in some breeds they hardly sweat at all. There's more, I also discovered that whilst hens don't sweat cows sweat better than pigs. However, the undoubted king of the sweaters it the Horse: were you foolish enough to ride one of these bare backed without serious leg protection the sweat would bring you out in a nasty rash where we humans don't like having rashes."