Gentleman's "C"

Kathleen Miller millerk at NYTIMES.COM
Fri Nov 5 21:42:57 UTC 1999

Can any one help with this one - I've searched OED, M-W, American Heritage,
D.A.R.E, Random House, Urdang, Morris, Mencken, JSTOR, Lexis-Nexis and Dow
Jones and come up with zippo. I have a total of 38 uses refering to "that
old academic phrase" and what not - but as to how old it is and where it
comes from - I am at a loss. Ivy Leaguers?


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