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Re: Camels in literature and song

Posted by ESC on December 06, 2002

In Reply to: Re: Camel song posted by Bob on December 06, 2002

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

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: : : : : : : : : : 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.

: : : : : : : : There, there. Don't get your back up.

: : : : : : : There was a minority opinion on the committee and they made a second model with two humps - proof, if proof were needed.

: : : : : : Let me qualify any statements I've made during this particular thread with the belated rider "present company of course excluded". I really don't want to give Ms. Camel the hump.

: : : : : Indeed. I'd walk a mile not to.

: : : Very chic. The natural look puts the the asymetrically sequin-embellished camelhair coat featured in the Lanvin fall 2002 pret-a-porter collection to shame.

: : Does anyone remember the Camel with the Wrinkled Knees' song from "Raggedy Ann & Andy: A Musical Adventure"? I couldn't find the words online but, from memory, (ahem):

: : When you're wrinkled and old
: : And your fortunes have all been told
: : And you're nobody's I LOVE YOU
: : How can you be happy?
: : How can you be smiling?
: : How can you be anything but
: : Rag bag baggy and blue
: : Sad but true.

: : I loved that movie -- a little strange in parts.

: I do recall a camel verse:

: The camel is an sexy beast
: Or so some people thinks.
: At the time of its annual passion
: It makes rude attempts on the Sphinx.
: But the Sphinx's interior passage
: Is blocked by the sands of the Nile,
: Which explains the hump on the camel,
: And the Sphinx's inscrutable smile.

We could put together an anthology.