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Origin of "neat as a pin"

 
 
Reply Wed 11 Mar, 2009 10:16 am
What is the origin of this saying? I can't find it in Bartlett's or any other relevant source,
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solipsister
 
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Reply Wed 13 May, 2009 06:40 am
@Tomkitten,
The saying "as neat as a new pin" is defined in Brewer's Phrase and Fable on Bartleby.

I can't help but wonder if it's derived from the earlier saying,

"As fine as fippence, as neat as ninepence",

cited in James Howell's English Proverbs 1659.
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Phoenix32890
 
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Reply Wed 13 May, 2009 06:54 am


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In the early 19th. Century, the development of mass production guaranteed a uniformly high quality and finish of consumer products. Formerly hand-made and thus frequently irregular, now, pins were consistently well made and finished


http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_is_the_origin_of_the_expression_neat_as_a_pin

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I also saw a reference to the fact that historically the origin of the word "neat" meant "shiny". Pins are shiny. Don't know which is the real origin of the expression.
dyslexia
 
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Reply Wed 13 May, 2009 07:00 am
@Phoenix32890,
everybody knows "neat" means "without ice" as in make mine a George Dickel neat.
Phoenix32890
 
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Reply Wed 13 May, 2009 07:05 am
@dyslexia,
I knew that there was a reason that I liked you. George Dickel is my "poison" of choice. Do you know that at one time we had a whole lot of the Dickel bottles that were made up to look like powder horns? I could kick myself that we got rid of them. Must be worth a fortune now!

http://bestlilstore.com/store/images/100_4620%20George%20Dickle%20Bottle.jpg
dyslexia
 
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Reply Wed 13 May, 2009 07:08 am
@Phoenix32890,
phoenix, a bit of trivia, the guy (don't remember his name) that created StarTrek prefered Goerge Dickel and used that very same bottle in some StarTrek scenes calling it "Soryian Brandy" sp?
ossobuco
 
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Reply Wed 13 May, 2009 09:45 am
@dyslexia,
reference to Saroyan, the writer, I'll bet..

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Saroyan
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