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       ... this phrase comes from a novel(s) at the turn of the Century -
               when some writers were writing on the 'American dream';
                   it may have originated in the Horatio Alger series of

       FYI - when I think turn of the Century, I'm referring to 112, not
12, years ago  ;-)

       BTW - many of these books have now been transcribed thanks to
Gutenberg,, and can be read/downloaded from their
various sites.
       This is a nice place for us oldsters to re-read many of these from
the past ...
            and for you youngsters to read some nicely written books
without the blasphemy, etc. in many of today's writings.

       Hoping you enjoy the day, the week, ... ... ...

On Tue, Oct 9, 2012 at 5:41 AM, Tom Davies <> wrote:

Hi :)
Thanks all that responded to this!  Now I'm curious where the phrase
"raising yourself by your own bootstraps" came from.  Is it something to do
with horses?  Postal services?
Regards from
Tom :)

From: Doug <>
Sent: Monday, 8 October 2012, 23:34
Subject: Re: [libreoffice-users] attempting to find an answer and instead

The term "boot" or "boot up" comes from the idea of raising yourself by
your own bootstraps--seemingly impossible, but when you boot up, you are
using the operating system to start itself.


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