Dark Roasted Blend mentions in a post about British Pub Signs:
The Pig and Whistle’s origin is obscure, but it could be a corruption of the Anglo-Saxon “piggin wassail” which means “good health”.
One fun part is that there is a German expression of surprise, “Ich glaub mein Schwein pfeift”, which translates to “I think my pig’s whistling”. As far I could could find out from a quick web search, it dates back to the 1970s or possibly 1960. Variations on the “I think” theme include
- “…mich knutscht ein Elch” (”..a moose is smooching me”)
- “… mein Hamster bohnert” (”…my hamster’s waxing the floor”)
- “…mein Hund spielt Halma” (”…my dog’s playing Halma”)
I hadn’t encountered the last two before.
Links to share:
15th century “typo demon”