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December 5, 2017

I was thinking today about a word my father used to use to refer to gluttony. I remember him saying it about a friend of my older sister’s, who was in the habit of demolishing a whole family-sized bag of crisps in front of the telly each evening. When this was reported to him my dad responded: “That’s just pigwork!”

Pigwork. Isn’t that a great expression? My dad was from Yorkshire. What I’d like to know is, is that a known Yorkshire expression, or was it his own coinage?

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  1. Simon Carter permalink

    Don’t know that expression but one which seems to have disappeared is “Gannett” as applied by Tony Hancock to Hattie Jacques.

  2. John Dunn permalink

    I too am from Yorkshire, but I don’t remember ever hearing anyone use the word ‘pigwork’. It isn’t included in Arnold Kellett’s Dictionary of Yorkshire Dialect, Tradition and Folklore.

  3. Ah – that’s good to know. Thanks for that, John.

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