[Ads-l] It's not the size of the dog in the fight, ...

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Tue Oct 6 12:18:59 UTC 2015


Charlie's splendid  Dictionary of Modern Proverbs traces it back to 1911.

With no connection to Twain.

JL

On Tue, Oct 6, 2015 at 8:15 AM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com>
wrote:

> Too lazy to check any Twain connection (naturally I'm skeptical), but I
> first heard this years or decades ago, probably from a Southern politician
> on TV.
>
> JL
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> On Mon, Oct 5, 2015 at 11:21 PM, Joel Berson <berson at att.net> wrote:
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>> Prompted by today's video of the French bulldog (a small breed) chasing
>> two medium-sized bears out of its masters' fenced back yard; the bears were
>> so intimidated they climbed over the 5- or 6-foot fence to escape.
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>> ... it's the size of the fight in the dog.
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>> Attributed by the newscaster to Mark Twain, but others may know better.
>>
>> Joel
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