cash cow

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Wed Feb 15 13:40:14 UTC 2006

A "cash cow" is a giver of money. I don't even see how anyone could
come to think the opposite. Down home in Texas, people who couldn't
afford (po' folk) or didn't trust (ol' folk) store-bought milk kept
cows in their backyards. I think that we have a "stupidism" here.


On 2/14/06, FRITZ JUENGLING <juengling_fritz at> wrote:
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> Subject:      cash cow
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> This is a reply in a newspaper about the funding for the Oregon Garden, which is having financial difficulties:
> If it had been built near 1-5, there would have been a chance. We had a business in Silverton, but closed it because the 'promise of tourists' just didn't pan out. The Garden was a big flop, and is now just a cash cow.
> Now, I understand "cash cow" to mean exactly the opposite of what this writer thinks.  So, which is it?  Is a cash cow a giver or taker of money?
> Any comments?
> Fritz J
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