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Nothing to write home about

Posted by ESC on June 24, 2000

In Reply to: "It's nothing to write home about" posted by Barry Jacobs on June 21, 2000

: My Dad, a career navy man, used to use the phrase "it's nothing to write home about," or "it's okay, but it's nothing to write home about" to describe any disappointing or overly hyped object or experience.

: I've heard the phrase from other veterans, and assume it has a military origin. Anyone know for sure?

I would have guess that it originated during World War II. But my sources indicate it's older than that.

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