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Wednesday, December 07, 2005

"Ride them Hard and Put Them Up Wet"

What does that phrase mean? It's a half-million dollar question apparently. Check out the details of the settlement of a sexual harassment case based on a school official's use of that phrase in the presence of some female employees. It is reported, $450K settlement after "ride them hard" remark, at one of the best legal sites around,

According to the quote from the newspaper article the phrase is:
A rural idiom that means someone is tired or worked hard. The phrase is taken from the need to cool down a horse after strenuous exercise. Only a mistreated horse is stabled while it is still sweating.
Which is certainly what I thought, and meant, on the times I myself have slipped into "rural idiom talk." (Easy to do for someone from Sulphur Springs.)

Thinking to confirm the meaning and have a witty link for this post, I was amazed when the first entry in my Google search was from Amazon for its 233,168th best selling book: Rode Hard, Put Away Wet: Lesbian Cowboy Erotica.

Lesbian Cowboy Erotica? What a world!

But I agree with the school board member quoted in the article -- it still sounds like nuts!

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