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June 10, 2011
It's not, of course, really an elephant joining you for canapés in your living room.
The pachyderm we're about to pontificate about is an English metaphorical idiom for an obvious truth that is being ignored or goes unaddressed.
Or is too unpleasant to be tackled and no one will risk talking about it, since it might brand them as insensitive, politically incorrect, or worse.
So we go on droning about small tangential issues instead of the real one.
Such as ignoring the subject of this post completely, and discussing elephants.
Do you know the Asian elephant is in peril?
Or that all elephants are herbivores and eat grasses, tree foliage, bark, bamboo, shrubs, roots and fruit.
Hardly a menacing creature, unless enraged, or in your living room.
There's some confusion as to where the expression originated.
The Oxford English Dictionary claims the first recorded use of the phrase is a simile.
From The New York Times on June 20, 1959:
"Financing schools has become a problem about equal to having an elephant in the living room. It's so big you just can't ignore it."
While others claim the phrase first appears in a 1915 British journal.
The "800 lb gorilla in the room" is a similar idiomatic expression; however, it refers to a large, unstoppable individual or organization that can exert its will, as it desires, even if people do their best to ignore it.
If you have a gorilla and elephant in the room at the same time, you're in trouble.
It's a wonder we can discuss anything.
So many rooms, so many elephants, so many gorillas, so many touchy subjects.
What's a person to do?
Q. Why were the elephants thrown out of the swimming pool?
A: Because they couldn't hold their trunks up.
Elephant Jokes indianchild.com Take a look at an interesting article we found.
What do People Mean When They Refer to an "800 Pound Gorilla"? wisegeek.com Take a look at an interesting article we found.
How Many Elephants Are There? nationalzoo.si.edu Take a look at an interesting article we found.
Biggest "Elephant in the room" issue?