Talk:don't look a gift horse in the mouth

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"gift horse"[edit]

If the phrase was originally "given horse," the Etymology section needs to provide when "gift horse" was first substituted for "given horse" in print. 23:25, 24 April 2010 (UTC)

The substitution occurred in 1663 in Butler’s Hudibras, because the iambic tetrameter required a shortening:
He ne’er consider'd it, as loth
To look a Gift-horse in the mouth. —Stephen 11:13, 25 April 2010 (UTC)

Thanks, added to entry. 05:23, 26 April 2010 (UTC)


Some of the better links that I found:

-Dan Polansky (talk) 07:28, 21 June 2014 (UTC)