Not so far from wrong

Posted by Bruce on May 23, 2007

Yesterday I heard a readio announcer use the phrase "not so far from wrong" to mean "nearly correct." This reminded me of a long-standing puzzle in my mind about lyrics from the song "Spurs That Jingle, Jangle, Jingle": and that song isn't very far from wrong. In both cases the meaning is exactly the opposite, i.e. nearly correct, not nearly wrong. Does anyone know the origin of this turn of phrase?