Lipstick on a Pig

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Time recently published ‘A Brief History Of: ‘Putting Lipstick on a Pig” noting that many politicians have used it publicly, including Barack Obama, John McCain, Dick Cheney, and both John and Elizabeth Edwards.

The Urban Dictionary’s definition of “lipstick on a pig” is:

slang for when someone tries to dress something up, but is still that something. usually used on ugly broads, when they put on a skirt and some lipstick and well, they still look like the same digusting pig.

–Ann Bartow

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0 Responses to Lipstick on a Pig

  1. Eric says:

    Personally, I prefer “silk purse from a sow’s ear”, which at least doesn’t originate as a disparaging description of a woman’s appearance. Though “lipstick on a pig” isn’t quite as bad as the British equivalent, “pig in knickers”.