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The Origin of the “Half-Ass” Job?

December 10, 2008

When the winner in a mule race offered Simonides a paltry sum for an ode in honor of his victory, he declined the commission as though annoyed at composing about “half-asses”; but when the winner paid enough he wrote: “Hail, daughters of storm-footed mares!” Nevertheless they were daughters of asses.

Rhetoric, Aristotle

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