[Ads-l] "The dog that caught the car"

Yagoda, Ben byagoda at UDEL.EDU
Thu Jan 19 11:12:12 EST 2017


Given that the dog is actually going to catch the car at noon tomorrow, I thought it was a good time to look into the history of this currently very popular catchphrase. Executive summary: it appears as early as 1964, and by 2003 was described as an “oft-used metaphor.” The vehicles that have been substituted for car include bus and firetruck.

http://www.chronicle.com/blogs/linguafranca/2017/01/18/on-dogs-catching-vehicles/

Ben

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