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Posted By: GUEST,TJ in San Diego
07-Apr-08 - 07:20 PM
Thread Name: Origins: 'Skin the Cat' and other family sayings
Subject: RE: Origins: 'Skin the Cat' and other family sayings
Sometimes, an expression can be a nice rhetorical "up yours!"
I was helping host a wine tasting of vintage ports some years ago in a local restaurant. One of my suppliers, James Symington, was taking audience questions, some of which were fairly inane. One doctor raised his hand and asked, "How long can you age a vintage port?" Mr. Symington's reply: "Isn't that rather like asking, 'how long is a piece of string?'"

For those unfamiliar with wines, he was really saying that if you don't know the vintage, the producer and the shipper, how can you possibly know how long to keep it? Ergo, dumb question.