dog and pony show---query

Douglas G. Wilson douglas at NB.NET
Tue Aug 30 22:28:59 UTC 2005

>Today I was asked the origin of  the expression "dog and pony show." Would
>anyone know? (I don't have OED at hand, but I do have HDAS, which gives
>1957 as the first attestation. None of the citations offers insight to the

I think Quinion's piece seems reasonable (i.e., matches my own notions
pretty well):

-- Doug Wilson

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