Date: Tue, 16 Jul 1996 12:31:36 -0500
From: "Kathleen M. O'Neill" kate[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]UIC.EDU
Subject: Tail above the dashboard
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Date: Tue, 16 Jul 1996 13:04:30 -0400
To: kate[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]uic.edu
Subject: tail aobove the dashboard
In "All the King's Men," Robert Pehnn Warren twicehas Willy Stark say: "Keep
your tail above the dashboard," a parting expression that clearly means,
"Take care of yourself."
The dictionaries tell me that a dashboard was originally a fixture that kept
the driver of a buggy from being splashed with mud. But whose tail does this
refer to? Was there a reason for keeping the horse's tail above the
dashboard? If so, what was the reason?
Thanks to anyone who can help.
Kathleen M. O'Neill
Supervisor, UIC Language Laboratory
kate[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]uic.edu