Phrase of the week….without augmentation


charming dutch village, Zaanse Schanse, Netherlands-6smI got to thinking about the phrase “run of the mill” which means ordinary, basic, without augmentation, and wondered how it came about. According to the “A phrase a week” site, “Run of the mill is American in origin. The mill in question was a weaving mill and the articles first called ‘run of the mill’ were clothes. An early citation of that comes from an advert by Cook, Taylor & Co. of Lowell, Massachusetts in The Lowell Daily Sun, December 1895: “Seconds and the run of the mill, but for all wearing purposes just the same as firsts at twice the price. Fleeced Jersey Vests in white or Ecru, 2 for 25c.”

Source: http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/run-of-the-mill.html

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