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It's "Middling"

Posted by R. Berg on August 15, 2002

In Reply to: "Fair To Midland" posted by Jason Junker on August 15, 2002

: Anyone know the origin of the phrase "Fair To Midland"? example: when one asks "How are you doing? - I'm Fair To Midland"

: (if you know and can e-mail it to me - that would be great! - [email protected]et)

When people speak without mumbling, they pronounce that expression "Fair to middlin'. "Middlin'"--or "middling" -- means average or medium; in the middle range.