Dogmatic Logo
The Canine in Conversation
contents page back to last page visited reload this page prior page in site next page in site
CONTENTS BACK RELOAD PRIOR NEXT
illustration of a move screen with the word 'end' on it
figure 1  

 

until the last dog dies. Until the bitter end.

William Safire calls this an “Ozark expression.” He cites a speech given by then-Governor Bill Clinton on February 15, 1992 . Clinton promised that the citizens of Arkansas would see him “working hard, reaching out to them and fighting 'until the last dog dies.'” Safire connects this with a comparable phrase from an unnamed 1902 novel, “'til the last dog is hung.”reference 1

 

1. Safire, William. 2001. Clintonyms. New York Times Magazine, Dec 2, 2001, 48, 50.

 

line
About the illustration: © 2008 Jupiterimages Corporation.
see also: end of one's tether Last updated: March 31, 2008
by Alec MacLeod 2001-2008  Dogmatic Technologies Oakland Creative Commons unless otherwise expressly stated, all original material of whatever nature created by Alec MacLeod and included in The Canine in Conversation and any related pages, is licensed under a Creative Commons License. Please read the Terms of Use Agreement by Alec MacLeod Dogmatic Technologies