Date: Wed, 11 Mar 1998 13:07:28 -0500
From: Elizabeth Gibbens gibbens[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]EROLS.COM
Subject: Shaggy-Dog Story

Dear All,

I am looking for the etymology of the phrase "shaggy-dog story"; it is
defined in the unabridged American Heritage Dictionary as a "long,
circuitous tale with an unlikely or surprise ending," or something close to
that. I'd appreciate your help. Thank you.

Elizabeth Gibbens