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I beg your pardon!

Posted by Word Camel on December 03, 2002

In Reply to: Re: A camel is a horse posted by TheFallen on December 03, 2002

: : What does the phrase:
: : "A camel is a horse designed by a committee"
: : mean?

:
: It's an ironic expression, used to show that deciding anything by committee, and therefore by taking too many opinions and wish-lists into account, will result in something that's probably vaguely similar to what was originally planned, but which won't be anywhere near as effective as was wanted. A camel and a horse are both ungulates, but the point is that the camel's both ugly and slow in comparison.

ahem...

Camels are fast and graceful. We can keep running long after horses have given out. Beauty is a beauty does.