Use Of Pig In English Language

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animal and the typical features it represents – namely the fact that pigs are omnivorous and consume everything in repellent way.
When it comes to using the analysed term with reference to women, one might claim that it underwent a fundamental change throughout the history of English language. Once applied as a term of endearment: pig or pigsney (originating in OE pigges eye) – ‘a specially cherished or beloved a girl or woman, a sweetheart’, it deteriorated in meaning and began to be used pejoratively. It acquired the sense of a female prostitute, promiscuous or unattractive woman. Yet another point is that the phrase: in pig/with pig has been applied in derogatory or – rarely ¬– humorous way to a women being pregnant. This case is obviously negatively–loaded. Moreover, it suggests the contemptuous attitude towards pregnant women.
Additionally, one may apply the term pig to a lecherous or sexist man, especially in a phrase: male chauvinist pig, denoting a man who is prejudiced towards women and supports the superiority of his sex. Again, this use is marked with contempt and disdain.
As far as slang is concerned, the term pig frequently appears with regard to police officers. Rarely used today, it is applied by thieves (most frequently in London) to plain–clothes man (Kiełtyka and Kleparski 2005: 81). Another profession whose representatives are referred to as pigs is pressman, especially the one residing in a printing office. It might be related to certain human
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