Words & Stuff

O: Pushing My Buttons (Reader Comments and Addenda)

(10 January 1999)

Jim Moskowitz points out that the phrase "pull out all the stops" originally referred to pulling the stop knobs of a musical organ. But stops are still in use on organs (though non-electronic organs are relatively rare), and the phrase may again be more a metaphor than an obsolescism. The search continues.

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Jed Hartman <logophilia@kith.org>