Thursday, September 27, 2007

Blood and treasure, blood and treasure/Go together like a horse and carriage

This I'll tell you, brother: You can't have one without the other.

Can anyone explain where this currently inescapable phrase came from and why it caught on in such a big way the last couple of weeks? I find its repetition, on both sides of the political divide, to be puzzling.

Update: Daniel Radosh points out in comments that the phrase has a longer history than I would have guessed.

2 comments:

fermicat said...

This is the first I've heard of this phrase. But now I will probably see it or hear it everywhere. Thanks.

radosh said...

This page traces the exact phrase back to the mid-17th century and approximations to the ancient Greeks.

As to why the recent surge (if I may), that's just lazy pundits imitating each other.