I came across the phrase 'Said General Custer to his horse' in this Dilbert comic. Dilbert comic

But I have no idea what it means.

I searched the internet to find what it means but all I could find were pages about George Armstrong Custer some include his horse but none give a really good explanation on what the phrase means.

So what does "Said General Custer to his horse" mean?

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In this case, "said General Custer to his horse" is intended to re-interpret the PHB's previous sentence as a quote by General Custer addressed to his own horse.

"'Stop being such a pessimist," said General Custer to his horse.

General Custer is most famously known for his crushing defeat at the Battle of the Little Bighorn/Battle of the Greasy Grass ("Custer's Last Stand"). Dilbert refers to the loss by joking that even General Custer's horse knew that defeat was inevitable: the horse was pessimistic about Custer's chances.

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    And horses are neigh-sayers.
    – Phil Sweet
    Nov 2, 2017 at 21:51
  • My great-grandfather was killed at the Battle of the Little Big Horn. He wasn't involved in the fighting; he was camping nearby, and went over to complain about the noise. :-)
    – Ed999
    Mar 28, 2021 at 2:00

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