"Handy as hip pockets on a hog" (1934)
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"Handy as hip pockets on a hog" shows up on several Texas Talk web pages.
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Entry from September 04, 2006
“Handy as hip pockets on a hog”
"Useless as hip pockets on a hog” is a phrase of unknown origin, but it’s
cited from the 1930s. “Useless” is now replaced with “handy,” and sometimes it
’s “side pockets” instead of “hip pockets.”
The phrase appears on many web pages of Texas Talk, where it’s listed as a
Handy as Hip Pockets on a Hog: the Colorful Language of the American
by Donald Chain Black
Paperback: 138 pages
Publisher: Taylor Publishing Company (1 Jan 1989)
Explains the history and meaning of Southwestern expressions from “Twelve
acres of pregnant red hogs” to “It’s time to put the chairs on the wagon”.
Encyclopedia of the Great Plains
by David J. Wishart
Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press
Another colorful term, “gully washer,” refers to an exceptional amount of
rainfall, and in Texas a compliment might be paid to someone who was said to
be as “handy as hip pockets on a hog.”
_Texas Talkin’ Page_ (http://www.beer-bytch.com/talkintexan.htm)
As handy as hip pockets on a hog (If a Texan says this, it’s a compliment,
15 September 1934, Chicago Daily Tribune, pg. 12:
ADD GREAT SIMILES OF LITERATURE:
“There’s no more use for the office of coroner than there is for hip
pockets on a hog.”—State Representative Wallace Karraker of Jonesborough at the
meeting in Chicago yesterday of the Illinois retrenchment commission.
24 January 1970, Panama City (FL) News, pg. 1:
WASHINGTON (AP)—While in Washington to file his school desegregation suit
with the Supreme Court Friday, Gov. Claude Kirk took time out to comment on
some of his colleagues in Florida.
Asked what he thought of the job being done by Education Commissioner Floyd
Christian, Kirk replied: “He’s as useless as hip pockets on a hog.”
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