Wag the Dog
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+ Comments Wag the Dog - 2006-01-30 09:00:00
We saw this puppy running around at the park that overlooks Prague. The 1997 movie Wag the Dog is taken from the joke: 'Why does a dog wag its tail? Because a dog is smarter than its tail. If the tail was smarter, the tail would wag the dog.' It's been around for quite a while however: The phrase 'the tail that wags the dog' dates to the turn of the century. In 1907, it appeared in Von Arnum's Fraulein Schmidt. F. Scott Fitzgerald used it in 1935. The meaning is quite obvious, the subsidiary part is controlling the major part. In its most current usage, the case is of the media creating the crisis instead of the crisis generating media interest. - http://www.wordorigins.org/wordorw.htm