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Change midstream

Posted by SR on November 17, 2003

In Reply to: Change midstream posted by pdianek on November 17, 2003

: : When posting my last query I used the above term. Which lead me to wondering where it came from. Sounds like maybe a rowing term or something?? The word 'midstream' implies English origins to me.

: I believe the original is something like "don't change horses midstream". A risky maneuver, not recommended even for experienced riders, if the stream is deep or fast-flowing. Extrapolated: stay with the "horse" you have. Frequently used in regard to elections, to politicians in office and other entrenched individuals.

Proverbial speech circa 1864 was delivered by Abraham Lincoln regarding "swapping" horses in midstream. Check the archives on this one.