dog and pony show---query

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at YAHOO.COM
Tue Aug 30 22:57:34 UTC 2005

Yes, that's about it.


"Douglas G. Wilson" <douglas at NB.NET> wrote:
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Subject: Re: dog and pony show---query

>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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