Japanese Online Idioms (410)

152 名前: 名無しさん@日本語勉強中 2005-07-12 22:50 ID:xpEfX8Lh


I am English and I have heard this expression before. It's quite old fashioned, and you wouldn't hear 'city/rich' younger people saying it, but more 'country/rural' people may well use it.

The expression apparently was made popular by an American political campaign which used it as a catchphrase: it referred to butchers at the time (1820s) asking customers if they wanted 'the whole hog' or just part of the pig.

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