Monday, January 19, 2009
Horse of a different color
Did you ever wonder where the phrase, "horse of a different color," came from? Do you know what it means?
According to answers.com, it is used to refer to "Another matter entirely, something else. For example, I thought that was her boyfriend but it turned out to be her brother--that's a horse of a different color.
"[The] term probably derives from a phrase coined by Shakespeare, who wrote 'a horse of that color' (Twelfth Night, 2:3), meaning 'the same matter' rather than a different one. By the mid-1800s the term was used to point out differences rather than likeness."