Hello on Thursday!
When I was a kid and lived with my Grandmother, I remember Thursdays since these were the so called 'market days' and my granny used to take me there. Anyhow, market days and Thursdays are not the things I want to talk about today :) However, the idiom I want to share with you today may make us think of a market place, especially the one where hogs are sold :)
What are hogs? Well, in American English the word 'hog' refers to 'wieprz, świnia'. I guess in many cultures the word 'hog' or 'pig' or 'swine' evoke rather piggish (świński, brudny, ordynarny, wstrętny, chamski) connotations, am I right? ;)
That's why I would like to pose this question today:
What can you expect from a hog?
And what do you think? I presume, you can't expect much of a hog... only negative things. That's why the word 'hog' or 'pig' are often used to talk about people who behave like we think hogs do.
Therefore, in English you can come across a great idiom, which is:
What can you expect from a hog but a grunt?
This idiom means that you can't expect anything different from a person if it's not in their character! In other words if a person is unrefined, s/he is not likely to behave in a refined way. As simple as this :) A grunt is just 'chrząknięcie, chrumknięcie' - I think it completes the whole picture now :)
What do you think of this idiom? Do you find it useful?