[Ads-l] Throwing money at X

Gail Stygall stygall at U.WASHINGTON.EDU
Mon May 16 14:44:38 EDT 2016

I have been observing a debate in a political arena in which a number of women are claiming that the street theater Billionaires for Bush act
of throwing money cannot be used in the context of a women candidate. Specifically, several women on a political blog are saying that
throwing dollars at people arriving at the George Clooney fundraiser for Hillary Clinton was doubly insulting because the expression
had a primary association with throwing money at strippers. That wouldn't have been my first thought but I really don't know the origin
of "throwing money at X." Anyone here know the origins of the terms? Any leads will be much appreciated.
Gail Stygall
Gail Stygall, Professor
Department of English Language and Literature
Box 354330, University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195-4330
<stygall at u.washington.edu>

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