[Ads-l] antedating Curate's Egg (UNCLASSIFIED)

Mullins, Bill CIV (US) william.d.mullins18.civ at MAIL.MIL
Fri Jan 23 20:44:37 UTC 2015

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OED has 1905 for Curate's egg

29 Nov 1900 _Times_ of London p 10
"It put one in mind of the curate's egg:-- "Parts of it were excellent, but the rest is --." "

Britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk seems to have a cite from 19 May 1896 from the _Edinburgh Evening News_, but I don't have a subscription and can't get the full quotation.

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