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"fair to midlin'"

Posted by Victoria S Dennis on April 15, 2006

In Reply to: "Fair to midlin'" posted by ESC on April 15, 2006

: : What is higher than "midlin'" in "fair to midlin'" ?

: This from a July 2000 discussion: The word "middling" meaning of average size, mediocre size or quality, etc., dates from about 1550.

: So the next step up would be...fair to super size?

I've always understood "fair" and "middling" to be synonyms, so "fair to middling" is analogous to "so-so", or "six of one and half a dozen of another".