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Re: Carrot and stick

Posted by David FG on May 26, 2005

In Reply to: Carrot and stick posted by Bob Van Meter on May 26, 2005

: The carrot and stick phrase first became known to me in a childrens book called "Jim, Jock & Jumbo" which my Mom gave me in 1948. Jim or Jock a turtle pictured pulling a wagon, as I recall, with a carrot just in front of him dangling from a stick. This created a perpetual motion turtle.

: Is there another who remembers this book?

I don't remember that book, but I believe the phrase has another origin: there are two ways to get a donkey to move; either entice it forward with the promise of a carrot; or drive it forward by beating it with a stick.

DFG