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Could you explain the expression "be (strictly) for the birds" ? Is it old fashioned?

Here's an extract from The catcher in the rye by J. D. Salinger;

Where I want
to start telling is the day I left Pencey Prep. Pencey Prep is this school
that's in Agerstown, Pennsylvania. You probably heard of it. You've probably
seen the ads, anyway. They advertise in about a thousand magazines, always
showing some hotshot guy on a horse jumping over a fence. Like as if all you
ever did at Pencey was play polo all the time. I never even once saw a horse
anywhere near the place. And underneath the guy on the horse's picture, it
always says: "Since 1888 we have been molding boys into splendid,
clear-thinking young men." Strictly for the birds. They don't do any damn
more molding at Pencey than they do at any other school. And I didn't know
anybody there that was splendid and clear-thinking and all.

For learning: English
Base language: English
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    "For the birds" is an English idiom that means "for idiots" (or more politely, simple-minded people). So he's saying that the school is strictly for stupid people.

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