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Cohen, Gerald Leonard gcohen at MST.EDU
Mon Mar 3 03:22:30 UTC 2008

I was surprised to read about a pig eating a baby in the cradle.  In
Chinese, the written character for "home" consists of the picture of a pig
(now altered from its original form) under a roof.  L. Wieger's book
_Chinese Characters_ (p. 173) explains: "The pigs live around the houses of
the Chinese countrymen, and even enter in them, as well as the dogs. ..."

Maybe the pigs in China are tamer.

Gerald Cohen

The American Dialect Society -

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