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Entry from August 30, 2012
“Fresh pork and new wine kill a man before his time”

"Fresh pork and new wine kill a man before his time” is an old Spanish proverb; the pork can be cured and the wine can be aged to provide a better meal. The original Spanish proverb (with a different ending) has been cited in print since at least 1726:

Puérco frèsco, y vim nuévo, Christianíllo al cimentério: Fresh Pork, and new Wine send a Christian to the Churchyard. That is, they are both unwholesome.”

“Fresh pork and new wine kill a man before his time” has been cited in print since at least 1857.


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A New Dictionary, Spanish and English, and English and Spanish
By John Stevens
London, Printed for J. Darby
1726
(Also printed in the below—ed.)
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Nuevo Diccionario, español e ingles e ingles y español : que contiene la etimologia, de la propria, y metaphorica significacion de las palabras, terminos de artes y sciencias
By Pedro Pineda, Fletcher Giles, Thomas Woodward and Thomas Cox
London: F. Gyles, T. Woodward, T. Cox
1740
Pg. ?:
Puérco frèsco, y vim nuévo, Christianíllo al cimentério: Fresh Pork, and new Wine send a Christian to the Churchyard. That is, they are both unwholesome.

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A Dictionary of Spanish Proverbs
comp. from the best authorities in the Spanish language, transl. into English ; with explanatory illustrations from the Latin, Spanish and English authors

By John Collins
London: Whittaker
1823
Pg. 275:
Puerco fresco, y vino nuevo, Christianillo al cimenterio. — “Fresh pork, and new wine, send a Christian to the church-yard.”

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A Polyglot of Foreign Proverbs:
Comprising French, Italian, German, Dutch, Spanish, Portuguese, and Danish, with English translations and a general index

By Henry George Bohn
London: H. G. Bohn
1857
Pg. 448:
Fresh pork and new wine kill a man before his time.

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Life in Spain:
Past and Present

By George Walter Thornbury
London: Smith, Elder and Co.
1859
Pg. 140:
‘Fresh pork and new wine send a Christian to the churchyard.’

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Proverbs, Maxims and Phrases of All Ages, classified subjectively and arranged alphabetically
By Robert Christy
New York, NY: G.P. Putnams̓ Sons
1888
Pg. 244:
Fresh pork and new wine,
Kill a man before his time. Sp.

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A Bachelors Cupboard;
Containing crumbs culled from the cupboards of the great unwedded

By A. Lyman Phillips
Boston, MA: J. W. Luce & Company
1906
Pg. 82:
“Fresh pork and new wine kill a man before his time.”

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Curiosities in Proverbs;
A collection of unusual adages, maxims, aphorisms, phrases and other popular dicta from many lands

By Dwight Edwards Marvin
New York, NY: G.P. Putnam’s Sons
1916
Pg. 262:
Fresh pork and new wine kill a man before his time. (Spanish).
Sometimes rendered: “Fresh pork and new wine send a Christian to the churchyard.”

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Routledge Dictionary of World Proverbs
Edited by J. R. Stone
New York, NY: Routledge
2006
Pg. 158:
Fresh pork and new wine kill a man before his time. (English)

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