more on "dumb as an ashtray"

David Barnhart dbarnhart at HIGHLANDS.COM
Wed Mar 6 16:48:00 UTC 2013

In looking around at _ashtray_~_ash-tray_  I find only two quotes in OED,
one for _ash-tray_ and one for _ashtray_.

There is  nothing figurative or semantically stretched about the entry.  I
found nothing in the dictionaries of politics.  Nor in the dictionaries of
slang.  Nor in the dictionaries of new words.


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