Not so far from wrong

Posted by RRC on May 23, 2007

In Reply to: Not so far from wrong posted by Bruce on May 23, 2007

: Yesterday I heard a radio 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?

I don't think it means the complete opposite. If the cowboy was 100% glad to be single, he wouldn't be getting involved with all those girls in the first place.