A WHITE ROGUE ELEPHANT,
A CIRCUS ANIMAL
RUNNING AROUND THE BIG TOP
CHASING THE CLOWNS
AND FRIGHTENING THE CROWD.
"I love it.
The Greatest Show on Earth.
Cause I AM an ALIEN called, E.T.
I always be right here;
even if I AM not all there."
A white elephant is an idiom for a valuable but burdensome possession of which its owner cannot dispose and whose cost (particularly cost of upkeep) is out of proportion to its usefulness or worth. The term derives from the story that the kings of Siam (now Thailand) were accustomed to make a present of one of these animals to courtiers who had rendered themselves obnoxious, in order to ruin the recipient by the cost of its maintenance. In modern usage, it is an object, scheme, business venture, facility, etc., considered to be without use or value.
Main Entry: white elephant © 2012 3D Divine Deadbeat Dad ( - 6/21/12
1 : an albinic Indian elephant of which more or less of the usual dark pigment is absent from the skin giving it a pale color and which is rare and sometimes venerated in India, Ceylon, Siam, and Burma
2 a : a property requiring much care and expense and yielding little profit b : an object (as a gadget or trinket) that is no longer esteemed by its owner though not without value to others
3 : a badge or emblem showing the figure of a white elephant
© 2012 3D Divine Deadbeat Dad ( - 6/21/12