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The great and the good

Posted by David on November 24, 2005

Does anyone know the origin of "the great and the good"? I note that in its current use it usually refers to groups of persons who may be considered to be of some eminence, though more frequently nothing more than celebrity, and it almost never carries any implication of virtue.