October 4, 2014 – Word of the Day:  hog



Use the word "hog" as a noun or as a verb. As you can see from the picture above, this is what a hog looks like. It’s almost the same thing as a pig, but hogs are generally bigger.

These sentences use "hog" as a noun:

  • Tim’s car is a real gas hog. It only gets ten miles per gallon. (It consumes too much gas.)
  • Don’t be such a hog. Share some of that with me.
  • This computer game is a memory hog. (It uses a lot of memory.)
  • Randy rides a hog to work in the morning. (The word "hog" is an affectionate name for a Harley-Davidson motorcycle.)

When "hog" is used as a verb, it usually means that something or someone takes up a lot of space or consumes a lot of material or food:

  • This program is hogging a lot of memory on my computer.
  • That big car ahead of us is hogging the road.
  • Don’t hog all the pizza. Save some for the others.
  • I don’t want to hog all your time, but I have another question.
  • Quit hogging the computer and let other people sit down to use it.

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