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?


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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