Posted by Frankie on February 18, 2000
In Reply to: What does this mean? (Horse) posted by Bruce Kahl on February 18, 2000
: : Does anyone know what the phrase "And the Horse she rode in on" mean? Does anyone know how it started?
: I can tell you what the phrase means but I have no cluse as to how/why/when it started!
: The phrase is usually uttered angrily to someone who has just
aggravated you in some fashion and is preceded by another expression:
: "Oh Yeah----well screw you too and the horse you rode in on!!"
: Just a guess but many American phrases can be traced back to the mid 1800s, a time of cowboys and railroads and this phrase, with it's horse reference, may have originated back then.
: I agree. The aggravation is such that even the horse is being reprimanded for bring you to this man's misery. A modern day version would be "Oh yeah--well screw you and the car that drove you here". (Cursing the means which brought you to me)