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]

"What gets better is the precision with which we vex each other."

-Clifford Geertz