Porkas /pɔ́rkəs/ (female)


Based loosely on the biblical name, Dorcas, Porkas was commissioned by the swine industry as part of their ‘Pretty in Pork’ public-image campaign. The goal of this campaign was to endear pork producers to the general public, thereby making their fairly brutal business practices seem more palatable. As anyone with ears to hear knows, the name has caught on with a vengeance, flooding the name market with its salted-meat charm. Despite its success as a name, however, Porkas hasn’t had the intended effect on public opinion, leaving big pork to remain deeply mired in a swamp of much-deserved criticism. The public response is clear: ‘We’ll take your name, but you can go.’

“I wouldn’t put much stock in anything you heard from Porkas.”

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