Date: Thu, 21 Apr 1994 07:52:06 -0500
From: Joan Livingston-Webber webber[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]CWIS.UNOMAHA.EDU
Subject: stalking horse
My chair said, "We're not using her as a stalking horse." His
own explanation of the term was of hiding behind the horse
in order not to spook bison while hunting on the plains. Thus
my wondering about regional distribution, even though American
Heritage lists it without qualification. It may be generational.
It may have to do with arenas of care--i.e. caring about the
mechanisms of party politics, for example. Or it could simply
be something I've never encountered for other reasons.
Joan Livingston-Webber webber[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]unomaha.edu
"What gets better is the precision with which we vex each other."