"That's a great deal to make one word mean," Alice said in a thoughtful tone. "When I make a word do a lot of work like that," said Humpty Dumpty, "I always pay it extra."

Thursday, 1 January 2009

Hobson's Choice

Thomas Hobson, horse-hirer, died this day in 1631. He refused to let customers choose their own mounts. It was his choice or nothing; take it or leave it. Hence Hobson's Choice.

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