On Mon, 10 Mar 2014 09:58:27 -0600, kirby urner <email@example.com> wrote:
> On Sun, Mar 9, 2014 at 12:37 PM, GS Chandy <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote: > > >>> I'm a believer in wagging the tail, not the dog, and >>> see elementary school >>> as the tail in this case. >>> >>> Kirby >>> > >> I'm not quite getting your point - or your analogy ('tail wagging dog') >> is inapt. >> >> Elementary school students 'learn new things' that they do not know to >> begin with. >> >> High school students 'learn new things' that they do not know to begin >> with. >> >> GSC > > May I presume you know "wagging the dog" is an American idiom? > > I'm not sure if it ever spread to "proper English".
It may be helpful to know that the usual expression refers to "the tail wagging the dog", meaning that things are being done the wrong way around---very much as in another American expression: To put the cart before the horse.
-- --Louis A. Talman Department of Mathematical and Computer Sciences Metropolitan State University of Denver