Did "fair to middling" originate with cotton?
michael.quinion at BTINTERNET.COM
Thu Nov 8 09:10:35 UTC 2001
> A while back there was an ads-l discussion on "fair to middling,"
> with attribution of the expression to the grades of cotton: good,
> middling, fair, poor.
I'm sure, from checking nineteenth-century citation material, that
there is an explicit link between the phrase and grades of cotton.
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