Wild Goose Chase!
This morning reading the New York Times front page, I did a double-take on the headline:
Fraud Claims Dog Operative
I took this to mean - deceitful practices (e.g. fraud) had claimed a canine operative. I didn't quite know what this meant - perhaps a dog, who was a secret agent, was undone by someone giving it poison dog treats.
Re-reading the headline, I understood it as intended - fraudulent claims were bothering an operative.
Which begs the question:
Does the term "Wild Goose Chase" imply a chase for a goose that got really crazy and out of hand? Or does it refer to a relatively mundane chase for an undomesticated goose? Does the "wild" refer to the goose? Or the chase?!