I heard this phrase in an interview:

I feel like a pig in a wig.

I understand from the context that it is like nothing, ugly or something similar. I have read that they use words that sound good together to express a feeling or so.

Could you help me understand this better?

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    There is insufficient context in the question. Can you add more of the transcript leading up to it?
    – MetaEd
    Nov 9, 2013 at 16:28
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    Note Jennifer Aniston didn't understand it either. It's not a set phrase. It probably was used first by the poet Thomas Hood in his children's poem The headlong career and woful ending of precocious piggy. Read the poem. Nov 9, 2013 at 18:14
  • I thought it meant to feel oddly.
    – Melissa
    Aug 8, 2014 at 4:42
  • Ugly and conspicuous, no? Oct 24, 2014 at 1:04

2 Answers 2


It means that something or someone who is usually considered to be unattractive is attempting to look more attractive through the addition of some superficial ornament (clothes, make-up or, indeed, a wig) that, however, fools nobody.

A similar phrase is "mutton dressed as lamb".


It means obvious, conspicuous, sticking out like a sore thumb or you feel like you're not fooling anybody- depending on the context.


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