I have a question for you Imus fans:
When you betray someone, or you get rid of them after they no longer benefit you, you “throw them under the bus,” correct?
It’s a great phrase, and I had never heard it until I started listening to the Imus program. Since then, I’ve noticed it occasionally in other places, too.
I ask because the writer of this Op-Ed piece keeps talking about “throwing people under the truck." And he says it like 67 times. (It was written by David Brooks, who you’d think would know better from personal experience.) Has anyone ever heard this before? Did he think he would get sued by someone if he used the original phrase? It reminds me of the off-brand sodas in supermarkets, like “Dr Thunder” instead of “Dr Pepper.”
So my question: which phrase is the correct one?