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

Dan Goncharoff thegonch at GMAIL.COM
Wed Feb 11 21:00:01 UTC 2015


My questions is asking why 'not passing the buck' ended up as 'the BUCK
stops here'. I think the signs were an influence, especially for the BUCK
in full caps.

DanG

On Wed, Feb 11, 2015 at 3:52 PM, Robin Hamilton <
robin.hamilton3 at virginmedia.com> wrote:

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> Surely an extension of the earlier phrase, "pass the buck", for which see
> HDAS with examples from 1871.
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> (Or has this been mentioned already?)
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> [Or am I suffering from an irony/humour deficit problem?]
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> Robin Hamilton
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> Or maybe derived from deer crossing signs.  (Back when there were =
> separate crossings according to gender of deer.)
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> LH
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> On Feb 11, 2015, at 2:46 PM, Dan Goncharoff wrote:
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> > Just a question: is the phrase "The Buck Stops Here" derived from the =
> bus
> > stop signs reading "The bus stops here"?
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> > DanG
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