Do you believe me?….In a pig’s eye you do!

pig“In a pig’s eye” is a strange little expression that is used to indicate incredulity or emphatic disbelief.

“The phrase first emerged in the USA in the 19th century and, while it is used in Australia, it hasn’t traveled to the UK and its meaning is generally unknown there. The first known example of the phrase in print is in Jacob Oswandel’s Notes on the Mexican War 1846-1848. Oswandel was a volunteer in Pennsylvania’s First Regiment and was so fond of the expression he used it five times in his account of the war, for example: The Publicanos de Mexicanos were all anxious to see the new arrivals, they having been informed that our regiment was a whole division of about eight thousand men (in a pig’s eye).”

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