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Definition of Putting Lipstick on a Pig

What Does "Putting Lipstick on a Pig" Mean?

As you may know, I'm constantly doing research to bring you the latest beauty, hair, and makeup news. I type in "hair" on Google, and what do I get? Posh's new hair, hair-loss treatments, and Hair (the movie). You get the point. I type in "lipstick" and I get the fairly standard Lipstick Jungle, Clinique makeup, and the delightfully odd phrase: lipstick on a pig!?

That particular phrase has popped up practically every time I've done a "lipstick" search, long before the latest political debacle surfaced. Just what does this bizarre statement mean? When it comes to politics, I'll save those details for CitizenSugar, but for the sake of those that want to know — "lipstick on a pig" has nothing to do with cosmetics or stout-nosed, squiggly-tailed animals, for that matter. The phrase describes trying to superficially dress up an unattractive situation — so if you put lipstick on a pig, it's still a pig. I tend to think piggies are cute, but now you know. Now back to all things beauty.

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JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 8 years
That piggie is so cute. I just want to cuddle him.
simbaspaws simbaspaws 8 years
Pigs are awesome...
Emescloset Emescloset 8 years
So funny! I had to google the phrase 6 months ago when bossman threw it at me in a huge conference call....
Bebeshopper Bebeshopper 8 years
Am I the only one that thinks that little pig featured in this article is very attractive. :) So cute! Seriously, with an ongoing war, an economy in a downward spiral, government bail-outs of private industries, and this is the issue that is making headlines? Oy.
Michelann Michelann 8 years
That pig is ridiculously adorable.
blair-waldorf blair-waldorf 8 years
Funnily enough, they used that line in an Ugly Betty re-run tonight, too!
myystque myystque 8 years
The pig is really cute so the phrase loses some of its original intent.
AmberHoney AmberHoney 8 years
The pig is adorable and I believe I have that same lipstick. ;)
puddlesworth puddlesworth 8 years
It means repackaging something old
rabidmoon rabidmoon 8 years
Maybe, I take it sort of as "all the makeup in the world won't make something ugly and uncouth into something elegant/pretty".
lilCROAT03 lilCROAT03 8 years
it's the the historical connotation that comes with animals that are considered 'dirty'- which in itself is primitive and unacceptable.
browardbubble browardbubble 8 years
This subject has me sick to death and it's not even noon yet!! My favorite blog did a take on the isssue ( but its funny!
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