One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
It's very difficult to lose a bad reputation, even if it's unjustified.
- ‘He explains why ‘as a variant on the popular advice to give a dog a bad name and hang him,’ he proposes to ‘give this piper an exceedingly bad name and hang on to it.’’
- ‘It could, however, be a case of ‘give a dog a bad name and hang him’.’
- ‘But give a dog a bad name and hang him, as the saying goes.’
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