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In a pig's eye

Posted by ESC on October 28, 2008 at 10:13

In Reply to: In a pig's eye posted by Steve Gonot on October 28, 2008 at 09:01:

: I would like to know the origin of "in a pig's eye". Can someone please help?

IN A PIG'S EYE - "Never, highly unlikely. Whether the originator of the saying meant that a poor idea was something to put in a pig's eye or that it would look bad to a pig's eye is a matter of speculation. As an expression of scorn the expression was picked up in 1872 by Petroleum V. Nasby (David Locke) in one of his satirical newspaper columns: 'A poetical cotashun.which.wuz, -- 'Kum wun, kim all, this rock shel fly From its firm base - in a pig's eye.'" From "The Dictionary of Cliches" by James Rogers (Ballantine Books, New York, 1985).