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Re: Duke's mixture - anyone use this phrase?

Posted by Bruce Kahl on November 21, 2003

In Reply to: Duke's mixture - anyone use this phrase? posted by ESC on November 20, 2003

: I was trying to describe a magazine (mental_floss) to my husband. I said: "It's partly trivia. Partly Harvard-education-in-five-minutes. It's a duke's mixture."

: He had never heard the expression. That sent me to the Dictionary of American Regional English. It said that the origin of the phrase was a brand of pipe tobacco, Duke's Mixture. It came to mean a mixture of things. Also, chaos, state of confusion.

: Have any of you heard of this expression? Or is this another mountainism?

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