[Ads-l] Restricted access to "Stars and Stripes" and "The buck stops here"

Robin Hamilton robin.hamilton3 at VIRGINMEDIA.COM
Wed Feb 11 20:52:41 UTC 2015


Surely an extension of the earlier phrase, "pass the buck", for which see 
HDAS with examples from 1871.

(Or has this been mentioned already?)

[Or am I suffering from an irony/humour deficit problem?]

Robin Hamilton

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Or maybe derived from deer crossing signs.  (Back when there were =
separate crossings according to gender of deer.)

LH

On Feb 11, 2015, at 2:46 PM, Dan Goncharoff wrote:

> Just a question: is the phrase "The Buck Stops Here" derived from the =
bus
> stop signs reading "The bus stops here"?
>=20
> DanG 

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