expired equines

victor steinbok aardvark66 at GMAIL.COM
Tue Apr 27 20:16:20 UTC 2010

ALIMONY? I would have thought there the usage would have been "feeding
a stubborn mule"...


On Tue, Apr 27, 2010 at 4:00 PM, Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at yale.edu> wrote:
> 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
> alimony.
> LH
> 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.

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