Sunday, May 31, 2009

Tops BBQ

This pig's not fooling anybody.

With his ill-fitting top hat and too-casual demeanor, clearly he is not to the manner born. If he were wearing actual clothes, we can only assume they would hang off him. He's like a piglet pretending at a boar's business.

But he's doing his best to lend an air of authority to his benefactors. Or, you know, malefactors, as we really should refer to his employers.

Which all just leads us to wonder what's going through the pig's head. Dressing as a gentleman in an effort to drum up business for the people who have pledged themselves to your grisly undoing—that's a poor decision. And why should this even work? We would hate to indulge in any stereotyping, but are opera lovers likely to be drawn in by the rustic barbecuery on which the pig is so cheerfully leaning?

Addendum: This high-toned fellow, though every bit as suicidal, does a better job of conveying prestige.

Addendum 2 (6/21/09): Another blue-blooded pig.

Addendum 3 (10/7/09): The Spicewine Ironworks BBQ Smokers gentlepig enjoys a glass of pink wine before the main event.

Addendum 4 (5/09/10): Another fine top-hatted hog showing off his breeding. In deference to his grisly destination, he is not white or black tie, but bloodred tie. He's also sporting a monocle, universal indication of high social standing. But where are the spats?!


Jessica B said...

I'm going to be the annoying pedant and point out that the phrase you're looking for is "not to the manor born". Even poor, suicidal pigs can have nice manners.

Ben said...

Never try to out-pedant a pedant. The phrase is, indeed, "to the manner born."

Take a look at this site, for instance. There, you will discover that

[a]ny examination of 'to the manner born' has to include a mention of its often-quoted incarnation, 'to the manor born'. That has a similar meaning but stresses manorial birth, i.e. it refers to someone born into the nobility.

The 'manner' version is earlier and there's some debate amongst etymologists as to whether the second of these phrases was coined deliberately as a play on words, or whether it is just a misspelling of 'manner' as 'manor'. The third possibility, that they arose independently, is highly unlikely.

'To the manner born' was used by, and probably coined by, Shakespeare, in Hamlet, 1603

Jessica B said...

Ha! That's what I get for trying to correct a linguist. I'll go pry my foot out of my mouth now.

Ben said...

I know you only started this so I could be right.

I thank you.

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