In Reply to: Lipstick on the pig posted by ESC on September 10, 2008 at 10:16:
: McCain camp says 'lipstick on a pig' is trip through the mud/Posted: 06:54 PM ET/From CNN's Rebecca Sinderbrand, Sasha Johnson and Chris Welch/ (CNN) - John McCain's campaign said Tuesday Barack Obama's reference to "lipstick on a pig" to describe the Republican's vow to bring change to Washington was offensive language, and a slap at VP nominee Sarah Palin - despite the fact that the Arizona senator himself used the phrase last year to describe a policy proposal of Hillary Clinton's...
: PUT MORE LIPSTICK ON THE PIG - To make cosmetic changes on a software program to make it more appealing to consumers. From "Slang: the authoritative topic-by-topic dictionary of American lingoes from all walks of life" by Paul Dickson (Pocket Books, 1990, 1998).
By itself "lipstick on a pig" is not offensive, but coming on the heels of a much-quoted quip from Gov. Palin many people, apparently including most of Senator Obama's cheering audience, took it as a swipe against her.