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imcvspl
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""Fair to meddling" is a Black phrase right? "


  

          

I heard it all the time growing up from aunts and grands. I know some of the southern slang is shared so want to be sure.

Regardless I think it may be the GOAT backhanded reply of all time. Mainly because you can say it and people will assume it's fine.

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Born & raised in North Carolina. I'm 43. Never heard that my entire life...
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My old man used that phrase all the time...
Sep 18th 2020
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Is this a play on "fair to middling?"
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yeah I've only ever heard "middling"
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I’ve been down south half my life and never heard this before
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Huh based on replies I think I redefined it. Lol.
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      LMAO thanks for this
Sep 18th 2020
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isn't the phrase fair to middling?
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I’m from San Diego, the only person I’ve heard use it is a tribal el...
Sep 18th 2020
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I love SD
Sep 18th 2020
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      I visited once and was ready to move immediately
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Fair to middling is actually a British phrase
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fair to middling...
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One of Drills in Basic used that ALL the damn time...
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just like there's a dog called Petbull
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FLUIDJ
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Fri Sep-18-20 11:55 AM

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1. "Born & raised in North Carolina. I'm 43. Never heard that my entire life..."
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Marbles
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Fri Sep-18-20 12:01 PM

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2. "My old man used that phrase all the time..."
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He was born & raised in Savannah but they raised me in the midwest. I can tell you I never heard any white folks say it in Ohio.

I can't say for sure but I would think if any white folks used it, they would be in the south.

  

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navajo joe
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Fri Sep-18-20 12:09 PM

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3. "Is this a play on "fair to middling?""
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Because I've never heard "fair to meddling" in real life and can't think of a context in which it makes sense unless it is like "waiting on baby's breath"

And if it is fair to middling, no it is not a Black phrase

"Regardless if you listen to me, in the end we'll see."
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shamus
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Fri Sep-18-20 12:12 PM

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5. "yeah I've only ever heard "middling""
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Fri Sep-18-20 12:14 PM by shamus

  

          

and it's a common enough phrase wherever

https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fair%20to%20middling

fair to middling idiom

Definition of fair to middling
: just average : not especially good
The food was fair to middling.


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the untold want by life and land ne'er granted
now voyager sail thou forth to seek and find

  

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legsdiamond
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Fri Sep-18-20 12:12 PM

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4. "I’ve been down south half my life and never heard this before"
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what does it mean?

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TBH the fact that you're even a mod here fits squarely within Jag's narrative of OK-sanctioned aggression, bullying, and toxicity. *shrug*

  

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imcvspl
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Fri Sep-18-20 12:19 PM

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6. "Huh based on replies I think I redefined it. Lol. "
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I was hearing middling as meddling and translating as: "Fair to people meddling in my business."

Basically stop being nosy.

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Big PEMFin H & z's
"I ain't no entertainer, and ain't trying to be one. I am 1 thing, a musician." � Miles

"When the music stops he falls back in the abyss."

  

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napturalmystic
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Fri Sep-18-20 02:56 PM

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13. "LMAO thanks for this "
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I figured it was a "double barrows" moment but what you though it meant is hilarious!!!

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shygurl
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Fri Sep-18-20 12:34 PM

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7. "isn't the phrase fair to middling?"
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Fri Sep-18-20 12:50 PM by shygurl

  

          

To indicate the person is doing so-so, average, alright? My (black) Brooklyn born and raised stepmother uses it all the time, but I think she got it from moving to Atlanta.

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calij81
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Fri Sep-18-20 12:48 PM

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8. "I’m from San Diego, the only person I’ve heard use it is a tribal el..."
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Who was a coworker of mine on the reservation.

He would always use it when people asked how he was doing. In fact, he used it so often that if you asked a mutual friend or one of his relatives how he was doing, that was their response.

  

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10. "I love SD "
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Fri Sep-18-20 01:30 PM by Airbreed

  

          

I lived in the gaslamp quarter for a year and loved every minute of it. I visted about two years ago with my lady and it was her first time. Now we're talking about going back again permanently.

Even though, after out last visit, homelessness has gotten shockingly worse out there.

its still a beautiful city tho.

  

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CherNic
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Fri Sep-18-20 09:52 PM

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15. "I visited once and was ready to move immediately"
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One of my favorite trips and I probably only saw a quarter of the city

  

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bigkarma
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Fri Sep-18-20 01:25 PM

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9. "Fair to middling is actually a British phrase"
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Farm goods were graded by good, fair, middling, and poor. So "fair to middling" meant mediocre.

I knew that literature minor would come in handy...

  

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CyrenYoung
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Fri Sep-18-20 01:29 PM

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11. "fair to middling..."
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..not meddling.

Blame regional accents and misunderstanding.


*skatin' the rings of saturn*


..and miles to go before i sleep...

  

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Dstl1
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Fri Sep-18-20 01:45 PM

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12. "One of Drills in Basic used that ALL the damn time..."
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“Privates, none of y’all will be getting any personal time, this weekend...performance at the range was fair to middling...and I’m being generous”

...cleaned up my act, made a few violent songs...but, they wack like Glen Rice with New Balance on - Sean Price

  

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tariqhu
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14. "just like there's a dog called Petbull"
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Y'all buy those labels, I was born supreme

  

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