James A. Landau
JJJRLandau at AOL.COM
Wed Dec 5 23:47:54 UTC 2001
In a message dated 12/05/2001 4:31:03 PM Eastern Standard Time,
Mark.Mandel at LHSL.COM writes:
> Does anyone know how the phrase "Mickey Mouse" came to describe "a person
> or organization with a lot of poorly-justified, nit-picking rules"? IMHO
> the cartoon character isn't like that and never has been.
I am told it is US Army slang from World War II. Unfortunately the book I
think I'm quoting from is AWOL from my library.
I think the definition you give better fits the word "chickenshit". A
"Mickey Mouse outfit" is an organization that is too small (physically
mentally or morally) to do the job it's supposed to, but doen not necessarily
connote nit-picking bureaucracy the way "chicken-shit does".
- Jim Landau
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