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Re: Pig's breakfast

Posted by Victoria S Dennis on November 13, 2006

In Reply to: Pig's breakfast posted by zolyd on November 12, 2006

: is pig's breakfast interchangeable with dog's? when did people start saying pig's breakfast?

They are interchangeable, because until very recently pigs were fed on "swill", which was a mixture of human food leavings, and dogs would be fed either the family's leavings or scraps of meat collected by the butcher as unfit for sale as human food. In both cases the animal's meal was an unappetising mess. I suspect "dog's dinner" is the oldest form, as it's relatively recently that anybody thought of feeding dogs more than once a day.