A Trespass of Swine

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Considerations of humanity and hogritude, because an insufficiency of pigs is one of the great faults of all that the gods have made manifest to man.

Churchill – pigs look at a human

Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965) was a British statesman and the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom during WWII, and again from 1951 to 1955. He was also an officer in the British Army, a historian, a writer and a painter.

Churchill - pig and cat

Churchill and his wife, Clementine, also had several pet names for each other that were used to greet and close personal letters sent between them. Examples from actual letters are shown above. She was his “Cat.” He was usually her “Pig.”

Thus a letter might begin “Dearest Cat” and end “Your loving, Pig.” Often, their closings were also embellished with quick and skillful sketches of a pig or cat.

Winston Churchill and pig pen

‘A pig will look at a human as an equal’, so said Winston Churchill. But this was likely just self-indulgent thinking from a man who had embraced the pet name ‘Pig’ for himself in love letters to and from his wife, Clementine.

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