Sheep in wool's clothing

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Tue Sep 18 00:50:03 UTC 2012

Was this intentional?  Might it mean that Scott Brown wears expensive
suits, but is an empty suit?

Only the first question above is intentionally serious.

But isn't there some tradition about sheep wearing wool?  Perhaps
their own -- On the model of the tale of the woman who had two
chickens, one becoming ill, she killed the second to make chicken
soup for the first, I imagine the owner of a sheep that was freezing,
so he sheared it and for it knitted a wool sweater.

There are, unsurprisingly, images of sheep wearing wool sweaters, for example

When Shaun the sheep was shorn in Wallace and Gromit's "A Close
Shave", was he then dressed in something knitted from his wool?

 From effete Eastern Massachusetts,

At 9/17/2012 02:32 PM, Alice Faber wrote:
>A friend on another list asked about the following:
>"Scott Brown is just a sheep in wool's clothing ..."
>It's not in the eggcorn database. A quick googling revealed a few punny
>sites (there's a knitting/fiber arts blog called "a sheep in wool's
>clothing, for instance), as well as some apparently non-ironic uses
>(albeit in impassioned writing).
>The American Dialect Society -

The American Dialect Society -

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