BEING A SUITABLE METAPHOR FOR ITSELF
v. — to make a short gallop; to charge (as at a tournament); to move at full speed
— of horses: to turn this way and that while running
…among other meanings
fm. French, carriere, meaning racecourse.
As a noun, the word first meant racecourse and only by extension became the ground on which a race is run, then the ground on which life is run, then a person’s progress through life, then progress through a professional life.
first published. 1594
inspiration. honestly, I’ve just been listening to a lot of Sondheim lately
First you’re another sloe-eyed vamp,
Then someone’s mother, then you’re camp.
Then you career from career to career.
I’m almost through my memoirs, and I’m here
—Stephen Sondheim, “I’m Still Here” from Follies, 1971