that little piggy is being crushed by the barn

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The Big Bang Theory Season 07 Episode 09

Howard's mother's gout's flaring up.

Mrs Wolowitz (yelling off, upstairs): How can one little toe hurt so bad?
Howard (downstairs with his wife and father-in-law): Maybe because that little piggy is being crushed by the barn. She should quiet down soon. I gave her enough pain meds to choke a, well, her.

What does it mean?
  • entangledbank

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    English - South-East England
    It's referring to a rhyme to count (or play with) children's toes. You grasp each toe in turn and say 'This little piggy . . .' but then I forget how it goes exactly. This little piggy had some, this little piggy had none, and (the fifth) this little piggy went wee wee wee all the way home. Googling for "this little piggy" will get you the full thing.

    By the way, the other familiar expression he refers to is 'enough to choke a horse'.
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