HANNO, THE POPE'S "WHITE ELEPHANT"

White elephant (n.) an idiom for a valuable possession of which its owner cannot dispose, and whose cost (particularly cost of upkeep) is out of proportion to its usefulness or worth. *     *     *     *     * Did you ever receive a “white elephant” as a gift?  Maybe it was a lamp or bric-a-brac given by a beloved aunt.  You would never intentionally hurt her feelings, but what in the world, you wonder, will you do with this? Perhaps Pope Leo X felt the same way when he received a gift of a whi … [Read more...]


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