Sometimes ‘wide’ is used instead of ‘long’. A Little pitchers have long ears is an earthenware jug with two ears instead of a handle. They are called ‘ears’ because they resemble human ears in the way they project from the pitcher. ‘Little pitcher have long ears’ is another way of saying ‘Not is front of the children.’ Although they may not give that impression young children often take in every word spoken by their elders.
‘You know who I am, don’t you?’ the visitor asked Tommy.
‘Oh, yes,’ replied Tommy. ‘Dad says you’re the biggest idiot he’s ever met.’