Posted by Smokey Stover on May 10, 2007
In Reply to: Fair to middlen posted by Bob on May 08, 2007
: : What's the source of "FAIR TO MIDDLEN" ?
: If you spell it fair to middling, and type that into the Search Box (back one page) you'll find 17 postings.
One could easily hear "middlin'" as "middlen," and I suspect that's what's happened. I think I've more often heard middlin' than middling.