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July 17, 2009
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Screw the pooch does, indeed, come from pre-apollo days. But it doesnt have anythingto do with a sexual act. It merely means that by some mistake on the part of anengineer or a pilot, he has inadvertantly doomed a mission to failure. In the early space race, we sent dogs into space to test suits, environment materials, etc. If one of theengineers 'screwed the pooch', it meant that his experiment or calculations failed, and that he has 'doomed the dog to death'. I think the military jumped on it and turned theexpression into something more vulgar. In the end, it does just equate to a FAIL.
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