Tali Buchman: I am searching for origins to the term "bandwagon" and also "bashing", as in Clinton-bashing, etc. If anyone has any insight on where to look, it would be greatly appreciated.
ED DIENES: America's great showman, Phineas T. Barnum, hired a sort of high wagon used by local bands of musicians for outdoor performances. He would parade these wagons through the streets of towns where his show was playing, and he would encourage parade onlookers to hop on the bandwagons in order to ride with the performers and add to the excitement. Much the same way, any person who agrees to become a part of a movement, campaign, or simply joins the crowd is described as climbing on the bandwagon.
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