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Chris -- 2011-03-08
A clothes horse, or clothes mule, was first a rack to dry clothes on, from the late 18th c., and then also a person excessively interested in clothes and fashion, from the mid 19th on. A recent eggcorn based on the second definition are the clothes whores, with the same meaning by a completely different route.
We won’t be running full-page ads in Spin, or parading around like rock star clothes whores, but you will see something musical, emotional, fucking real.
The extension of “fashion plate” to mean a person who takes great pains to always wear the latest fashions was natural (“You look just like a fashion plate!”), but the term has come to carry a connotation of superficiality and perhaps a implication of desperation in the “plate’s” attention to the latest designer gear. A few years ago, a reader asked me whether a similar phrase for someone obsessed with couture was “clothes horse” or, as she believed, “clothes whore.” It’s “clothes horse” (originally a wooden rack for drying clothes), but we agreed that “clothes whore” was probably more to the point and a lot more fun.
+Word detective, March 28, 2011
Barbie and Ken are hilarious, and for me they were the highlight of the film. When the two clothes whores meet, it’s kismet.
http://frothygirlz.com/2010/06/18/movie … y-story-3/
From the Wikipedia entry on “Media Whores Online”
The nickname The Horse derived from recurring errors in transcripts of TV programs which mentioned the site; the transcripts called it “Media Horse Online.”