Sweating like a pig

@JudyEv (101135)
Bunbury, Australia
April 6, 2017 8:41am CST
When I get an idea for a post, I often make a note on a Word document where I write my articles. One such note simply says 'sweating like a pig'. I have no idea what prompted this phrase originally. As far as I'm aware, pigs don't sweat which is why they wallow in mud, particularly in hot weather. This helps cool them off. Dogs don't 'sweat' in the normal sense of the word either. But I'll leave that for another post perhaps. The phrase 'sweating like a pig' doesn't refer to pigs of the porcine type but to pig iron which is the name given to the first step when iron ore is smelted. Pig iron is brittle and of limited use. It is heated to extreme temperatures before being moved to moulds. It is dangerous to move the metal at such high temperatures but once the metal starts to cool it 'sweats' and droplets form on the surface of the metal. Once pig iron reaches this point, it is safe to transport it to moulds. The photo is of genuine artificial pigs in a mall in Adelaide, South Australia.
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@marlina (62408)
• Canada
6 Apr
I don't think I would like to look at a statue of a pig in a public space.
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@Asylum (47321)
• Manchester, England
6 Apr
It should not be much of a problem since they do not sweat.
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• United States
6 Apr
@Asylum I like ham....a nice big thick ham sandwich is what I see here!
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@Asylum (47321)
• Manchester, England
6 Apr
@AbbyGreenhill Are you suggesting that the statues are not doing a very good acting job?
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@Asylum (47321)
• Manchester, England
6 Apr
Surely the title should have been "Sweating like a sow"?
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@JudyEv (101135)
• Bunbury, Australia
6 Apr
No, because they don't have sow iron, silly. Edit: My apologies. You obviously know more than me, not that I doubted that. I've just researched 'pig iron' and it seems the main seam of molten iron is called a 'sow'.
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@Asylum (47321)
• Manchester, England
7 Apr
@JudyEv This is why they use special equipment to avoid LITTERING the floor.
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@JudyEv (101135)
• Bunbury, Australia
7 Apr
@Asylum Please don't bore/boar me with too many details.
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@JohnRoberts (41206)
• Los Angeles, California
6 Apr
I bet people love those piggies. But why do they call this iron pig iron as opposed to cow iron or something.
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@JudyEv (101135)
• Bunbury, Australia
6 Apr
In the early days of smelting, the iron was poured into sand moulds. There was a common runner which fed a number of smaller ingot-sized beds. These looked like suckling pigs. The runner was called a 'sow' and the individual ingots pigs.
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@JohnRoberts (41206)
• Los Angeles, California
7 Apr
@JudyEv You are a fountain of knowledge!
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@ramapo17 (19110)
• Melbourne, Florida
9 Dec
@JudyEv Wow, you know your pigs.
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@LadyDuck (122389)
• Switzerland
6 Apr
Thank you a lot for this post Judy, I knew that pigs do not sweat and I always wondered about the sense of this phrase.
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@JudyEv (101135)
• Bunbury, Australia
6 Apr
I was surprised that there was a logical explanation too - and nothing to do with pigs.
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@LadyDuck (122389)
• Switzerland
7 Apr
@JudyEv As we do not use the expression "to sweat like a pig" in Italian I never searched for a logical explanation, we use "to sweat like a beast".
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@JudyEv (101135)
• Bunbury, Australia
7 Apr
@LadyDuck That's interesting. It sounds like they've tried to translate from the English.
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@fishtiger58 (30716)
• Momence, Illinois
6 Apr
No kidding I didn't know that's what the phrase really means. We use that phrase a lot in the summer around here. Thanks for the info.
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@JudyEv (101135)
• Bunbury, Australia
6 Apr
I was surprised to learn this too. I thought it was just one of those strange phrases that come into being.
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@fishtiger58 (30716)
• Momence, Illinois
7 Apr
@JudyEv Right
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@ramapo17 (19110)
• Melbourne, Florida
9 Dec
@JudyEv When visiting up north last year we took my grandson to lunch and being we were down by his house we told him to pick a place. We went to a little restaurant that was in the middle of a busy town in New Jersey. It specialized in pork and outside the door was a huge pig. I don't know what kind of material it was made from but some kind of metal. The place was packed and we waited outside for an hour but it was well worth the wait. We met a couple from another state and they found out about the place online. I hope to get there again sometime.
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@BelleStarr (32085)
• Portland, Connecticut
7 Apr
I didn't know that about pig iron. Thanks interesting information.
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@JudyEv (101135)
• Bunbury, Australia
7 Apr
I was surprised it had nothing to do with 'real' pigs.
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@BelleStarr (32085)
• Portland, Connecticut
7 Apr
@JudyEv Yes that is quite a surprise.
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@Corbin5 (81982)
• United States
6 Apr
Well, thank you for clearing this up! Glad to know the sweating is due to pig iron and not pigs. I like pigs.
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@JudyEv (101135)
• Bunbury, Australia
6 Apr
I do too. They can be real characters. And I love these bronze ones.
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@Corbin5 (81982)
• United States
7 Apr
@JudyEv The bronze ones have a big cuteness-factor for me.
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• United States
6 Apr
You are coming up with some good ones
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@JudyEv (101135)
• Bunbury, Australia
6 Apr
Thanks. I'm glad you're enjoying them.
• United States
6 Apr
@JudyEv Keep them coming!
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@Susan2015 (18733)
• United States
7 Apr
Once in a while I do use that particular phrase.
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@JudyEv (101135)
• Bunbury, Australia
7 Apr
We use it here too. Nice to know how it came about.
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@katsmeow1213 (28938)
• United States
6 Apr
Learn something new everyday. I never knew that.. I also didn't know that pigs don't sweat!
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@JudyEv (101135)
• Bunbury, Australia
6 Apr
You've done really well! Learnt TWO new things on one day!
• United States
7 Apr
@JudyEv Yep! I knew about dogs, that's why they pant. Did you know that cats can pant too? I have a cat that pants and it's nothing medical. The vet seemed shocked when I told her the cat pants, so she checked him out and he's totally healthy, he just likes to pant. It's pretty funny when he does it.
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• United States
7 Apr
@JudyEv interesting!
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@allen0187 (27537)
• Philippines
6 Apr
Thanks for this informative post. I have used that phrase but didn't know its origin until I read your post.
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@JudyEv (101135)
• Bunbury, Australia
6 Apr
I find all this sort of trivia pretty fascinating.
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@allen0187 (27537)
• Philippines
9 Apr
@JudyEv as do I. Keep making posts such as this. It is a far better read than what one would see in the internet.
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@JudyEv (101135)
• Bunbury, Australia
9 Apr
@allen0187 Thanks. I'm really pleased you genuinely liked it.
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@allknowing (55812)
• India
7 Apr
I have heard of pig iron but did not know this expression is related to it. Learnt something today and that too early in the morning. It is just around 6 am here
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@JudyEv (101135)
• Bunbury, Australia
7 Apr
You need to be careful or you might learn something else today seeing it's so early! You must be around 3 hours behind us.
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@allknowing (55812)
• India
7 Apr
@JudyEv I like to learn and so more the merrier no matter what time it is. (lol)
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@Happy2BeMe (69895)
• Canada
6 Apr
That is so cool!
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@JudyEv (101135)
• Bunbury, Australia
6 Apr
When I found out, I just had to share it.
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@Happy2BeMe (69895)
• Canada
6 Apr
@JudyEv I am glad that you did
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@Shavkat (47240)
• Philippines
6 Apr
I like the sweat pig in the photo.
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@JudyEv (101135)
• Bunbury, Australia
6 Apr
They're great aren't they? I fell in love with these when I first saw them.
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@Shavkat (47240)
• Philippines
7 Apr
@JudyEv I will also take photos of this if seeing them. It was a great shot though.
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@teamfreak16 (36728)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
6 Apr
I use this one all the time. Never new the origin, though.
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@JudyEv (101135)
• Bunbury, Australia
6 Apr
When I found out about pig iron, I thought it was worth sharing. It's a strange expression otherwise.
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@1creekgirl (8780)
• United States
6 Apr
That's really interesting. I had no idea what that meant.
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@JudyEv (101135)
• Bunbury, Australia
6 Apr
It's quite a common saying isn't it?
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@amadeo (48129)
• United States
6 Apr
thank you for sharing there.Are they bronze?
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@JudyEv (101135)
• Bunbury, Australia
6 Apr
I guess they have a bronze coating. They have a lovely shine, particularly where people sit on them.
• United States
6 Apr
Oh wow, that is interesting information, so I guess "some" pigs do sweat.
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@JudyEv (101135)
• Bunbury, Australia
6 Apr
Yes, you could say that!
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@Jessicalynnt (48191)
• Centralia, Missouri
6 Apr
oh, see I wondered why, when I knew pigs didn't sweat, that makes sense. As does having a spot to write down ideas. I do wish we had the ability to have drafts on here
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@JudyEv (101135)
• Bunbury, Australia
6 Apr
Yes, drafts would be good. I always have Word open and jot down stuff as I think of it. It's gone and forgotten otherwise.
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• Centralia, Missouri
11 Apr
@JudyEv pretty much. I wish I could have some drafts ready so on those busy days I had a post ready to go.
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@JudyEv (101135)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 Apr
@Jessicalynnt It's a big help just to copy and paste. It only takes a minute if it's already written.
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@andriaperry (33265)
• Anniston, Alabama
7 Apr
Y`all have some interesting art around, I love it!
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@JudyEv (101135)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Apr
I seem to have missed a heap of comments somehow. Glad you like the piggies and sorry for the late reply.