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I have found some use of the plural, but generally in a different form (either "T Anthony pigs" or "St." or "St Anthony pigs"), and with a different and more literal meaning of "pigs that followed St Anthony" or, in the case of "T Anthony pigs", "pigs which St Anthony marked with T-crosses" (sic!). I have found only one use of the singular (though many mentions), and it explains the term with a footnote. — Beobach 20:59, 21 November 2010 (UTC)
- Note that tantony pig probably passes. — Beobach 19:37, 27 November 2010 (UTC)
Reputedly "Anthony pig" is so named for pigs of the Hospital Brothers of St. Anthony (Antonines), whose pigs were the only ones still permitted to roam free following the death of Philip of France (1116–1131) when a stray pig ran under his horse. The Antonines were exempted from the decree of Philip's father (Louis VI) because of Philip (his son)'s fondness for the order. An "Anthony pig" is then an individual who runs hither and yon without a care. At least, so noted in British newspapers of the 1830s, and therefore of ancient enough use to warrant a wiktionary entry. If I could find a reference, at least... isn't all knowledge supposed to be online by now? 18.104.22.168 20:26, 22 June 2013 (UTC)