A localised phrase from the Dictionary of American Regional English (Harvard Uni Press)
Call Hogs v. phr: To snore
(also Call Pigs, Call Cows and Call Dogs) and Drive Pigs (& varr.)
From the Scots ‘Call’ – To Drive and ‘Hog’ – Yearling Sheep (or in England, Pig) Frequent in Black Speakers and attested to in UK.
- 1912 Folk-Speech, Green: ‘Call Hogs – to snore
- 1946 – Really Blues, Mezzrow – Call some hogs.
- DARE questionnaire – variations: Callin’ the hog, Calling hogs from the bottom, Driving Pigs (statistically dominant for black speakers).
Mainly – S. SE but scattered and widespread and regular in WV.