expired equines

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Tue Apr 27 20:00:36 UTC 2010

There's also (again, not literally) "feeding a dead horse".  57 hits,
not including the one I recall from a novel I once read.  Several
involve a metaphor for pointlessly putting money into an old car (or
less often a house), although it also comes up as a simile for


At 3:45 PM -0400 4/27/10, victor steinbok wrote:
>Another new one for me, from the pen of Adam Serwer:
>>  Also, _not_to_cremate_a_dead_horse_, but conservative obsession
>>with this case is another example of the phenomenon of conservative
>>epistemic closure.
>Following a brief search, I found only a couple of other instances
>where the phrase was not used in its literal sense:
>>  I'd rather not make the playoffs in '06 to make a playoff run
>>beginning the next year and rebuilding the weakest part of our team
>>for the next few years. I'm _cremating_a_dead_horse_, but I still
>>think this was a great trade.
>>  KOVACEVIC: I am so weary of this topic from my previous beat that
>>I happily fast-forward to the next
>>_without_cremating_the_dead_horse_ ...
>>  From now on when I want to know how to cremate a dead horse by
>>beating it, I'll ask BS.
>>  This post has been edited by Undertow: 05 September 2006 - 05:17 PM
>Apparently, the horse has been beaten so much that it's time to cover
>up the crime by cremating it...
>Well, it seems exactly how one gamer felt too--after five posts that
>involved the line about "beating a dead horse", someone (comment #18)
>finally wrote on a thread,
>>  Whoever that finally disbands the guild imo will gain a lot of
>>respect for _finally_cremating_that_dead_horse's_corpse_ and
>>spreading its ashes all over lorderon and of outlands!
><Also here:
>Actually, he's not alone (comment at 10:18pm):
>>  I sympathize with you, Tep, I really do, but that horse has been
>>dead for nine months and it's been stinking for eight so maybe it's
>>time to stop kicking it. You're fouling your shoes. ... So who's it
>>going to be, Tep? McCain/Palin? Obama/Biden?
>>  BTW i am going to cremate the dead horse honorable moderators. i
>>know this is not the time or the place for this debate
>It seems, in most cases--EXCEPT Serwer's, of course--"cremating a dead
>horse" actually does imply that it will no longer be beaten, kicked,
>flogged, flagellated, etc.
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