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Thread: Wait... is this not an idiom after all?

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    Wait... is this not an idiom after all?

    "You can't insult a pig by calling it a 'pig.'"

    I heard this phrase somewhere, probably twenty years ago, and occasionally find use for it in relevant conversations. I always assumed it was an idiom, albeit one that was lesser-known and possibly regional.

    Then, recently, I decided to try and find out where it originated... and Google came up bone dry.

    What gives?

    Is this not actually a saying at all? Is it perhaps a quote from a book or TV show or news article that I mistook for an idiom? I know I picked it up from somewhere and didn't invent it myself, but darned if I can remember where I first heard it.

    Has anybody else heard this "saying?" Any idea where it may have originated? Or is this just my own little personal Mandela effect?

    This is bugging me more than it should.
    Last edited by Tazlima; 06-27-2019 at 01:10 AM.
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