"Preaching to the choir" (1970)

Dave Wilton dave at WILTON.NET
Wed Jan 19 16:15:20 UTC 2005

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The OED does have "preaching to the converted." 1867 MILL Exam. Hamilton's
Philos. (ed. 3) xiv. 319 Dr. M'Cosh is preaching not only to a person
already converted, but to an actual missionary of the same doctrine. 1916 G.
SAINTSBURY Peace of Augustans iii. 144 One may be said to be preaching to
the converted and kicking at open doors in praising..the four great
novelists of the eighteenth century.

--Dave Wilton
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