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No Sweat
When we hear that someone is “sweating like a pig” our mind conjures up all kinds of unpleasant images. We imagine perspiration rolling off in profusion, and we envision that flood accompanied by the unseemliest grunting and heaving and repellent odors. Not only do these images slander the person sweating, they also advance unfair stereotypes about pigs themselves.

Pigs, you see, do not sweat. They employ other methods to cool themselves (typically rolling in mud). The term “sweat like a pig” has its roots in the early days of the industrial revolution and the process of producing pig iron. The sweating referred to is the condensation that forms on a bar — or “piglet” — of molten iron as it cools after smelting.

Though I know that pigs will continue to struggle with discrimination, I can only hope that this blog has played some small part in dispelling a hurtful myth about these sensitive, intelligent creatures.

(For the record, the term “eat like a pig” means exactly what we think it means…not that there’s anything wrong with that.)

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