RUSSIA: Pie in the Sty

When a Russian says someone has "passed him a pig" he means that he has been done a dirty trick. Last week Nikita Khrushchev, who farrows folksy epigrams wherever his pudgy frame goes, told a gathering of farm bosses and workers that if only they would concentrate on producing more pigs, say two per citizen, the expression "passing a pig" would mean doing a good deed, instead of a bad one. In the next breath Khrushchev passed Soviet citizenry its biggest pig in many a year: he declared a moratorium on 260 billion...

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