pigskin, sheepskin and academic

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Wed Jul 17 00:48:46 UTC 2002

>         A "pigskin" is an American football, while a "sheepskin" is
>a diploma, traditionally made from parchment (though modern diplomas
>generally are made of paper).
>John Baker

Or then again a pigs' kin could be a wild boar and a sheep's kin a goat...

>-----Original Message-----
>From: Prof. R. Sussex [mailto:r.sussex at MAILBOX.UQ.EDU.AU]
>Sent: Tuesday, July 16, 2002 7:52 PM
>Subject: pigskin, sheepskin and academic
>Can someone please explain the use of "pigskin" and "sheepskin"
>("cow's skin"?) in relation to scholarships and academia in the US?
>Does "pigskin" refer to students on sports scholarships? There is a
>reference at
>Roly Sussex

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