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John Farrier

Thanks for your response.

I am a trivia blog fan and amateur fact checker, I look at several blogs each day...but I have to admit that your entries on Neatorama are the best... To all the readers of this, I'm not a shill, I do not know Mr. Farrier and never will, but he is the best, in my opinion. credit where credit is due.

As for the "sweating like a pig" thing, I'll admit that I cannot find any substantial evidence to negate the blog post. My opinion though is that it's just an illogical saying...for what it's worth.

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John Farrier

Your entries are usually right on, and this one might be...but I have my doubts.

Anything can condensate moisture from the air, and if a chunk of iron was cool enough (cooler than the air around it) moisture from the air would condensate on it....but no more so than any of the surrounding objects would. The hot pig iron would have to sit a long time and then be observed early in the morning in order for moisture (dew) to form on it. (obviously cool enough to touch)
So why isn't the expression instead "sweating like a stone", or "sweating like a blade of grass in the morning dew", or "sweating like your car windshield-- (parked outside overnight)"?

Sorry to be critical because your blog entries are usually very good, but I think that this one is weak, and needed at least some critical analysis...despite what a Google search might show. It might be that the phrase came from iron...but then again, it doesn't make sense if it did.

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