"fair to middlin'"
gcohen at UMR.EDU
Mon Feb 7 02:58:24 UTC 2000
The following origin of "fair to middlin'" was passed along to me today
by a man who grew up on a cotton farm in the bootheel of Missouri. He
tells me that "fair to middlin'" probably has its origin in the speech of
people who work with cotton. I have not yet had a chance to check this in
the reference works.
He points out that there are four rankings of cotton according to the
length of the fibers:
1) good, 2) middlin', 3) fair, 4) poor. Hence: "fair to middlin'."
gcohen at umr.edu
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