I'm watching BBC's Sherlock. In one of the episodes, he is saying:

”Don't want to be doing roast pork, not if you're slicing up cadavers."

but I can't understand what does it mean. Could you rephrase the sentence?

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A "cadaver" is a dead body intended for medical dissection. Pork is said to have many similarities in the way it looks and smells to that of human flesh.

I assume the character is warning how there could be a conflict of the stomach if one works with human flesh and eats pig flesh.

  • can you explain, why the structure of the sentence is built in such a way? Why not just say "I see, you don't want to eat a fried pork, because you slice cadavers." ?? Oct 13, 2018 at 13:44
  • @DmitryNalyvaiko Oh, you want to know about the lack of a You subject? That's Conversational Deletion. Oct 13, 2018 at 14:41

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