God gave a goose.

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aaronsun666

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The Big Bang Theory Season 05 Episode 11

Leonard: Sure. You want to see what all the scientists are wearing this year.
Sheldon: Look at these men. They’ve managed to win the top science prize in the world with no more understanding of the quantum underpinnings of the expansion of the early universe than God gave a goose.

What does this come from, God gave a goose? And aren't those words supposed to be connected by hyphens?
 
  • PaulQ

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    UK
    English - England
    The phrase/clause doesn't come from anything - it is a comparator/simile ->
    Question: "How much understanding of the expansion of the early universe did God give to the bird we call a goose?"
    Answer: "None."
    Question: "So, how much understanding of the expansion of the early universe do the winners of the top science prize have?"
    Answer: "The same amount - i.e. none."

    The word must not have hyphens.


    Compare:

    A: "Do you think I could jump over that wall?"
    B: "You have no greater chance of jumping over that wall that an elephant has."
     
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