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Now the VOA Special English Program--Words and Their Stories.

Americans often use expressions about animals. In 2008 , the main candidates for president each used physis expression.

You can put lipstick on a pig, but it is still a pig. This means that it is waste of time to change something from ugly or unpleasant looking to beautiful.

There are other expressions about improving a   pig's appearance like this one -- a hog in a silk waste coat,    it is still a hog. Hogs are similar to pigs only bigger.

Americans use many other expressions about pigs, hogs and female hogs called sows. Like this one--you can not make a silk perse  out of a sow's ear. This means you can not create something valuable  from something that have no value.
 
'In a pig's eye' is another unusual expression. It means something that is not show or will never happen. Then there is the expression--casting polar the first  swing. that means wasting something valuable on someone who will not be sentful or care about it.

However, at least one kind of pig can be useful in saving money. It is called a 'piggy bank'. You can buy a small container shaped like a pig. It has a hole where child can put money into it.

Hogs are very large animals. If you say you eat in high on a hog during a holiday, it means you have a very good or costly food. If you went whole hog on your trip, it means you did anything possible to have fun. But you should never go 'hog-wild ' at anytime because that means behaving badly.

Hogs take of a lot of space. But people should not take of more than their share. If one of your children is taking on too much of space sitting in front of the television , other children might say 'do not  hog the couch'.

And a road hog is a driver who uses more than his share of the road. such a driver increases dangerous for other drivers.

Pig terms are also used in American politics. Farms mark their pig's ears to identify them. In politics ear marks are money set aside  for projects in a congressman's home  state or locality. And politicians might say there is a lot of  pork in a budget proposal, mean waste for spending.

In many areas pig provide hand, backen and other pork product to eat. All Americans want to be able to  bring home the backen. that means to earn enough money to provide the necessity of life. Experts say this term was first used in the 1920s. but it is believed to come from a much old game of catching a greeced pig. this was a popular event at country fairs in which the winner was awarded the pig.

This VOA Special English Program was written by Shaly Golas. I'm Bob Cline. You can find the more Words and Their Stories in the voaspecialenglish.com.
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