Date: Mon, 1 May 1995 18:14:46 -0500
From: Daniel S Goodman dsg[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]MAROON.TC.UMN.EDU
Subject: % % Goverment work (saying) (fwd)
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Date: Thu, 27 Apr 1995 18:23:20 -0500 (EST)
From: Nina Gilbert GILBERTN[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]scholar.wabash.edu
To: FARLEYW[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]mail.firn.edu, stumpers-list[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]CRF.CUIS.EDU
Subject: % % Goverment work (saying)
Wendy Farley asks,
We have a patron who is searching for the origin of the saying Close
enough for government work.
Could it be a parody of "Close enough for jazz?"
You might try to trace "Close enough for jazz" through quote sources,
music-quote sources, or jazz sources, and see if there's any
Or does *every* field have a "close enough" saying, and I just happen
to know the one in music?
I admit this undocumented suggestion is *not* close enough for a real
librarian, but it may give you some leads or prompt some others'
Nina Gilbert, whose occasional attempts at jazz piano are probably not
close enough even for jazz