Horeshoes & Handgrenades ("almost" doesn't count,except for...)

Arnold Zwicky zwicky at CSLI.STANFORD.EDU
Thu Dec 16 22:34:28 UTC 1999

of course it's got to be older than 1975.  the ferejohn & fiorina
title is pretty clearly a spinoff expression, one that assumes
an earlier "close doesn't count" as common currency (actually,
it probably assumes an earlier "close doesn't count except in
horseshoes and...").

i could call ferejohn up and ask him what he recalls about
the expression.  (he's an acquaintance and a stanford colleague.)

oh, and when was the heyday of horseshoes as a recreational

arnold (zwicky at csli.stanford.edu)

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