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workhorse vs warhorse

Discussion in 'The Trash Can' started by zilam98, Feb 6, 2012.

  1. zilam98

    zilam98 Well-Known Member

    on certain threads discussing pieces of music commonly used or overused by figureskaters, i've noticed the term warhorse being frequently used to refer to such. when i discussed this with my boyfriend when we were watching the recent US nationals, he corrected me by saying it's workhorse, not warhorse. now, im no native speaker (he is), and a lot of people, including native speakers themselves, have a lot of grammatical (e.g. could of instead of could HAVE) and linguistic errors when posting online, but i would like to know the proper term.
  2. shan

    shan Well-Known Member

  3. zilam98

    zilam98 Well-Known Member

    thank you. well, my bf never particularly referred the workhorse term as to just music, but more in general, something that is being depended on all the time.
  4. aliceanne

    aliceanne Well-Known Member

    When I hear the expression "warhorse" I think of someone who has weathered a lot of change and conflict, such as a longtime employee who has survived many bosses and economic ups and downs, and is "battle scarred".

    I think of a "workhorse" as someone who toils anonymously or with little public recognition doing the necessary work.

    In terms of skating music, I guess you could call an often-used piece of music either one, depending on your perspective. If you think of the music as being ill-used and abused, then it could be a warhorse. If you see the music as dutifully getting the job done without creating much excitement, then it could be a workhorse.
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  5. agalisgv

    agalisgv Well-Known Member

    I think the definitions provided in the link by the OP are accurate.

    So overused standard music like Carmen would properly be referred to as a warhorse.

    Workhorse has a different meaning than what is generally used in reference to overused skating music. There's no pejorative sense with workhorse as there can be with warhorse, and typically there's a pejorative meaning being conveyed when people comment on overused skating music.