When Pigs Fly

The phrase When pigs fly! is an adynaton—a figure of speech so hyperbolic that it describes an impossibility.

When I was growing up, When pigs fly! was my mom’s way of saying “no.” The quirky way she said it took the edge off of her denial to my request. And trust me, it was always for my own good.

When pigs fly! implies that there’s no chance of something ever happening [again]. I’m looking forward to the day when the following examples occur only When pigs fly!:

  • War
  • Miscarriage of justice
  • Hunger

What When pigs fly! example would you add?

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