Rich LaVere: I'm doing research for a book project, and am stumped as to the origin of the word "horsefeathers". I know the dictionary lists "bladerdash" as a synonym, but I remember reading a book called "horsefeathers" when I was in High School that explained that it was a manner of laying down roofing material ("horsefeathering" the shingles, I believe). Can anyone out there help me?
Bill Doggett: Random House 2d ed. Unabridged says that it is American slang, 1925-1930, and that it is a euphemism for horseshit. I would say that the explanation you read in high school was, in itself, horsefeathers.
Return to the Archive Index
|Return to the Word for Word articles|
|Return to the BrisMail Home page|