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Your inner pig dog: German for Akrasia


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It is known that German has a word for everything and today I would like to highlight this obscure specimen:

Der innere Schweinehund.

It is a nice metaphor for akrasia that’s common in German.
People commonly talk of overcoming your inner pig-dog meaning to beat your inner devil or your weaker self.
Wikipedia says its first recorded use was in 1932 in a speech. It is based on the “Schweinehund” (a dog used when hunting boars) which supposedly stands for “bad things” and is even older – goes back to the 19th century .

And here is some info in English.