A few days ago the words 'pig-sticking' came into my mind. It was as if the goddess of wonderful phrases had placed the words there to muse over. So naturally I got my happy feet on to go exploring among the pig-sticking ways.
Pig-sticking is a form of hunting pigs or hogs. It is not much done anymore since hunting with firearms is more effective for most hunters out of practice with pig-sticking ways. Likely it is more in the category of sport hunting than the other kind where the meat is desired more than the glory (or at the very least, as much as the glory).
Lord Baden-Powell of Gilwell (who has seventeen capital letters attached to the end of his name signifying some assumed-to-be-wonderful things about himself) attended to the business of describing pig-sticking in his book 'Lessons from the Varsity of Life' in 1924.
Here is a sketch made by Baden-Powell of the activity followed by a few notes (also by him) on the sport.
"He is plucky and tough, as fast as a horse, and can jump
where a horse cannot. He stands as high as a table, is long in the leg, and very muscular.
He doesn't hesitate to swim a river, even when it is inhabited by crocodiles; he seems to
think that the crops which the natives raise of melons, sugar cane' grain, etc., are meant
for him to devour, which he does extensively, and if a native objects he knocks him down
and tries to disembowel him with his murderous tusks.
Well, that is the fellow we hunt in India on horseback
with spears, and there is no sport can touch hog-hunting for excitement or valuable
Three or four riders form a " party." Beaters
drive the pig out of his lair in the jungle, and the party then race after him, but for
the first three-quarters of a mile he can generally outpace them.
The honours then go to the man who can first come up with
and spear him. But so soon as- the boar finds himself in danger of being overtaken he
either " jinks," that is, darts off sideways, or else turns round and charges
There are many more things to be learned in this monograph. You can learn what 'coming a cropper' is, and about the Prince of Wales' hunting skills, and even better can muse on the additional phrase 'We had a ding-dong gallop.'
Yes, I do think this pig-sticking thing is a ding-dong gallop!