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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Dog and Pony Show

What is the first thing that comes into your mind when you hear the word "Dog and Pony Show"?

Perhaps it's the clever poodle jumping through a series of hoops...


Or a pony ride that all kids love to go on...


Note: Photos taken at the Chok Chai Farm, Bangkok, Thailand


Well, you wouldn't be wrong. The slang "Dog and Pony Show" is a colloquial term used in the United States to refer to the small travelling circuses that toured the small towns. The name was derived from the performing dogs and ponies that were the main attractions of the circus.

Today, the slang "Dog and Pony Show" refers to "An elaborate presentation orchestrated to gain approval for a policy or product" [From the razzle-dazzle of the trained animal acts.] I guess we see a lot of "Dog and Pony Shows" in politics! In fact, some of these acts are so well orchestrated that they beat the real animal shows hands down.

8 comments:

oorvi said...

Wow!
Kess, your posts are a treasure trove of dog-information:)

Good to know that the pirate is your favorite:) Mine too - wonder whether he liked dogs?

Licks n wags,
Oorvi
PS: Thanks for visiting someone's blog - she is in dire need of some motivation. Humans - bah!

Lorenza said...

I learnt something new today!
Thanks!
Kisses and hugs
Lorenza

Khyra The Siberian Husky And Sometimes Her Mom said...

I'm glad they got the order khorrekht!

Hugz&Khysses,
Khyra

Jake of Florida said...

Our Mom and Dogdad do lots of dog and pony shows: she's a planner and he's an engineer and they need to do dog and pony shows either to be selected for a project or to present their project findings.

Do they consult us, real dogs? No. Do they hire a real pony? No.

But it's one reason Mom spends so much time at her computer and forgets to keep up with us, her only true doggie show!

Jake and Just Harry

Abbey & Maya said...

Hey Kess. Its nice to meet you. Its awesome to meet another beagle. I look forward to reading more of your blogs!

Agatha and Archie said...

You are like a walking encyclopedia Kess!!!! Love A+A

Thor said...

Hi Kess!
Another interesting post! Thanks for sharing.

Happy Howlidays!

xoxo
Thor

happy said...

We didn't know that. Thanks for sharing this.

Thanks for signing my guest book.