As I said in my previous post, the idiom a white elephant is used to mean 'something that is practically useless, though it may have cost a lot of money'. Today I'll tell you something about its origin. This idiom "comes from the story that kings of Siam gave such animals as a gift to courtiers they wished to ruin".
From Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, first published in 1870, but later re-printed many times, the millennium edition, revised by Adrian Room (Cassell, 2000) being my favourite.
Going by the book
Hace 5 semanas