Date: Wed, 20 Apr 1994 09:09:16 CDT From: Randy Roberts 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] U. of Missouri-Columbia. ______________________________ Reply Separator _________________________________ Subject: Cutting mustard Author: RTROIKE%ARIZVMS.BITNET[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] 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]