Posted by Green on January 13, 2003
In Reply to: Follow a paper comet posted by TheFallen on January 12, 2003
: : : I read this recently and have no idea what was intended. ??
: : I've never heard the expression. Here's a guess: a paper comet would burn out quickly so maybe "following a paper comet" is symbolic of leadership that will fail or go nowhere.
: : How is the expression used in a sentence?
I forgot the exact sentence but when I read it I thought they were speaking as if one would normally say to follow a paper trail? But I had not heard of a paper comet.
: Similarly, I wonder whether someone is coining the phrase on the basis of the expression "paper tiger", the latter being someone who appears fierce and determined, but who is in fact weak and ineffectual.