The meaning and origin of words and phrases related to pork
Pork is the name given to cuts of pig meat that have not been cured (i.e. is not bacon, ham or gammon). As porc, the word is first recorded around the turn of the 14th century. It came from the French for pig, porc, itself from the Latin for pig, porcus.
Pork pies - pies made with minced pork and water pastry and which are eaten cold - have given their name to porkpie hats. First recorded in the 1860s, they were so-called because of the similarity of their shape to the pies. Pork pies are also the origin of the word porky in its meaning of a lie, coming from Cockney rhyming slang, pork pie = lie.
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