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  • I wonder if there is ever such a thing as a ‘white elephant’? I hear that phrase, but elephants are grey…

  • I have heard also about white elephants. There’s a definition in the dictionary too but they don’t say why it’s a white elephant

  • There is such a thing as a white elephant: it’s an albino elephant. In India and other parts of Asia, these animals were traditionally seen as sacred, so they were not expected to work (as most ‘tame’ elephants were). It is said that the King of Siam (now Thailand) used to make a gift of a white elephant to noblemen whom he disliked. This is very clever: a gift from the king of a sacred elephant looks like a great honour. But the recipient then has to spend a fortune maintaining an animal which may live for decades and do no productive work. So the meaning has changed a little from something similar to a backhanded compliment, to something expensive but useless.