It's "Middling"

Posted by M J Heisterkamp on August 29, 2002

In Reply to: It's "Middling" posted by R. Berg on August 15, 2002

I believe that Fair to Middlin' came from the Cotton
Markets of years ago. Fair to Middlin' probably
came to this country from Scotland. When they
were Grading the cotton in the warehouses, the
"grader" would go down the rows, saying about
the bales, Fair, Good, Middle.. all grades of
cotton. Some fell in a wider category, so they
graded it Fair to Middle... "fair to middlin'