Very nice indeed. And, horse feathers, how about the rest of the piece?

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What does 'horse feathers' mean here?

Hi Taka,

Very nice indeed. And, horse feathers, how about the rest of the piece?

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What does 'horse feathers' mean here?

It's not 100% clear from the context here, but usually it's just a very,very mild expletive. It has a certain amount of minor humour, since it is ridiculous to think of a horse having feathers. I think the humour also derives from the word 'feathers' used as a substitute for a more common term relating to a horse's excrement.

eg Oh horse feathers, I forgot my keys! or Oh horse feathers, that's a crazy idea!

Best wishes, Clive


Could it have something to do with the Marx Brothers' film 'Horse Feathers" (1932)? There are some dialogues online (google it), but I didn't spot any relationship, though... Emotion: sad
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CliveIt's not 100% clear from the context here, but usually it's just a very,very mild expletive. It has a certain amount of minor humour, since it is ridiculous to think of a horse having feathers. I think the humour also derives from the word 'feathers' used as a substitute for a more common term relating to a horse's excrement.

eg Oh horse feathers, I forgot my keys! or Oh horse feathers, that's a crazy idea!

Best wishes, Clive


Oh, it's an expletive. I didn't know that. Very interesting.

Thank you!
Clive wrote

I think the humour also derives from the word 'feathers' used as a substitute for a more common term relating to a horse's excrement.

I agree.

I just want to say that the expression was originally used to refer to the fur at the coronet of a horse's hoof.

Now it simply means “Nonsense”
Muayad JajoNow it simply means “Nonsense”

Yes, that's what my dictionary says. But it doesn't apply to the context of my example or Clive's, does it?

Contextually, it doesn't seem to have a special meaning sometimes.

That's how I understand it now, thanks to Clive's explanation.
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