Date: Wed, 20 Apr 1994 09:09:16 CDT
From: Randy Roberts robertsr[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]EXT.MISSOURI.EDU
Subject: Re: Cutting mustard
See William Safire's "Word Play", New York Times Magazine, 12 April
1981, p. 18. The suggestion is that cut the mustard comes from the
earlier cut the muster. Cut used in the sense of outdo or excel and
muster used in the sense of an act or process of critical examination.
Randy Roberts robertsr[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]ext.missouri.edu U. of Missouri-Columbia.
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Subject: Cutting mustard
Author: RTROIKE%ARIZVMS.BITNET[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]uga.cc.uga.edu at INTERNET-EXT
Date: 4/19/94 10:27 PM
One of my colleagues recently asked me if I knew anything about the origins/
distribution of the phrase "can't cut the mustard". Anyone with a ready
answer out there?
--Rudy Troike (rtroike[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]ccit.arizona.edu)