Catch Word #30 – When Pigs Fly

The expression when pigs fly is used when people talk about something they would never do, or some event that would never happen. It is a very old expression, and no one knows why we talk about pigs! We can also use the similar expression, when hell freezes over. Check out the examples in this episode.

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Expressions included in the learning materialspigsfly

  • When pigs fly
  • Bungee jumping
  • Kinda
  • With caution
  • Hell
  • When hell freezes over…
  • Skydiving
  • Afraid of heights

Sample transcript

Harp: So, would you ever shave your head?
Jessie: I would never shave my head.
Harp: Or you could say I would shave my head when pigs fly.
Jessie: Oh I see. So pigs could never fly and I would never shave my head, so I could say, I will shave my head when pigs fly.
Harp: Exactly.
Jessie: So that means “never”.
Harp: Exactly. So should we give some more examples? My boyfriend is very adventurous and…