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Candy opinion/candied opinion

Posted by ESC on June 30, 2009 at 23:10

Candy opinion/candied opinion -- I first heard the expression "candy opinion" for candid opinion said by Berenice Sadie Brown (Ethel Waters) in the 1952 movie version of Carson McCullers' 1946 novel, The Member of the Wedding. And I've been giving my candy opinion ever since. (And no one ever corrects me. Maybe they aren't listening.) One of my phrase scouts pointed me to this bio of Agnes Moorehead which said, "In 1943-1944, Moorehead portrayed 'matronly housekeeper Mrs. Mullet,' who was constantly offering her 'candied opinion,' in Mutual Radio's The Adventures of Leonidas Witherall; she inaugurated the role on CBS Radio." (Cox, Jim, Radio Crime Fighters, 2002, p. 18, McFarland, Jefferson, NC, ISBN 0786413905) Accessed June 30, 2009.