---------------------------------------- to cast a person in an unfavorable light with others; to take action or make statements intended to put another person at a disadvantage.
Origin: A Boston radio station manager coined the term circa 1987-88 when canceling a radio network's services on his music-oriented FM station, stating that he was going to put the network "under the bus." The term was picked up by staff members to describe conduct in which one person would try to gain an advantage in company politics by speaking ill of, or doing something to reflect disfavorably on, another. In this context, it generally meant something that was a combination of sneaky, subtle and vicious. The phrase crept into on-air talk. In time, the radio station's owner acquired a sports-oriented station whose employees picked up the phrase and eventually began using it on highly-rated programs.
Joe really threw Sally under the bus in the meeting today. She wasn't there and he said the company would have won the Simpson account if Sally hadn't gotten drunk at the lunch meeting. ----------------------------------
NY Times (might need to use bugmenot.com to read article) says the oldest reference that can be found is from a 1980 Washington Post article.
He says he believes it to be back-formed from a baseball team’s clubhouse man, who called for the ballplayers to board the team bus with “Bus leaving. Be on it or under it.” The slanguicographer backs this up with a citation from a 1980 Washington Post article and offers another usage that extends beyond sports: the rocker Cyndi Lauper in 1984 was quoted as saying: “In the rock ’n’ roll business you are either on the bus or under it. Playing ‘Feelings’ with Eddie and the Condos in a buffet bar in Butte is under the bus.”
How about the sound of a needle scratching across a record to indicate something is wrong or things just came to a stop? I hear this in so many commercials now despite the fact that we've had CDs and tapes for a while and people stopped buying vinyl records decades ago (except maybe club deejays. It is a very tiresome cliche. The sound of a car coming to a screeching halt would be better because at least people actually drive cars in 2007.
Originally posted by dwatersHow about the sound of a needle scratching across a record to indicate something is wrong or things just came to a stop? I hear this in so many commercials now despite the fact that we've had CDs and tapes for a while and people stopped buying vinyl records decades ago (except maybe club deejays.
I'll agree with you Karlos. I still listen to Weird Al ocasionally, and I may even buy any theoretical future CDs, but ... it's not the kind of thing I tell people on the first date*. But I have no problem telling random people on the Internet.