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Red herring

Posted by R. Berg on June 23, 2005

In Reply to: Red herring: fresh today only posted by Smokey Stover on June 23, 2005

: : : The Oxford English Dictionary's Word of the Day is "red herring." View the origin of this phrase at

: : I couldn't get that link to work.

: The essential ingredient is this OED citation: "1686 N. COX Gentl. Recreat. v. (ed. 3) 65 The trailing or dragging of a dead Cat, or Fox, (and in case of necessity a Red-Herring) three or four miles..and then laying the Dogs on the scent." SS

In the board's new format, only replies contain links. The link feature is missing in a post that starts a thread. I could only give the URL. It works if you paste it into your address window. Here it is again, as a real link:

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