[Ads-l] teach a pig to play a flute

Peter Reitan pjreitan at HOTMAIL.COM
Thu Jul 20 18:03:55 EDT 2017


But, as everyone knows, you can't teach a pig to play the flute unless you first put lipstick on the pig.


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I found this term in Farmer & Henley under the entry _pig_.



I have found precious little even in Google.  Evidence there suggests a
Chinese origin, perhaps.


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