DARE-STRACTION – Call Hogs

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.

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