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Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Mon Mar 3 16:43:43 UTC 2008

At 11:30 AM -0500 3/3/08, Joel S. Berson wrote:
>At 3/2/2008 10:22 PM, Cohen, Gerald Leonard wrote:
>>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.
>Has the pig evolved, or only the Chinese character?
>>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.
>And also (formerly) in Ireland.  (As well as elsewhere -- what
>movie(s) have scenes with small livestock in or entering homes?)

Well, there's "Babe"...


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