Good Thing

Arnold Zwicky zwicky at CSLI.STANFORD.EDU
Tue Nov 30 05:08:58 UTC 1999

i would guess that all of this goes back to earlier public
school [british] talk.  certainly, it figures *very* prominently
in the hilarious 1931 book 1006 and All That by w.c. sellar and
r.j. yeatman.  hardly a page goes by without a Good Thing, a
Bad Thing, a Good Man, a Bad Man, or a Good/Bad King/Queen
"Edward VII was thus a very Good King, besides being a Good
Thing...").  i don't think sellar & yeatman invented it, but
they certainly made it Common Currency for at least a

arnold (zwicky at

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