[PW] What is the original source of the quote "a little from column A and a little from column B"?

Dana Dalrymple ddalrymple at spokanelibrary.org
Tue Jan 9 16:31:56 PST 2018


Here's a blog entry that backs up the Chinese menu origin with some references - https://www.barrypopik.com/index.php/new_york_city/entry/one_from_column_a_one_from_column_b_chinese_menu_ordering/


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From: Project-wombat [mailto:project-wombat-bounces at lists.project-wombat.org] On Behalf Of Baker, John
Sent: Tuesday, January 9, 2018 4:17 PM
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Subject: Re: [PW] What is the original source of the quote "a little from column A and a little from column B"?

That was what I thought as well, and the theory is supported by Wiktionary, https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/a_little_from_column_A,_a_little_from_column_B.


John Baker



From: Project-wombat [mailto:project-wombat-bounces at lists.project-wombat.org] On Behalf Of John Cowan
Sent: Tuesday, January 9, 2018 7:15 PM
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Subject: Re: [PW] What is the original source of the quote "a little from column A and a little from column B"?

The form I know is "one from column A and two from column B", and refers to
the menus in Chinese restaurants, where for a fixed price you get to make a
choice of this kind; presumably column A would contain main dishes and
column B would contain appetizers. If this is right, attempting to find a
specific source would be hopeless.

On Tue, Jan 9, 2018 at 7:11 PM, Jen Wilson <jemawi at gmail.com<mailto:jemawi at gmail.com>> wrote:

> Hi All,
>
> A colleague had question this morning regarding the quote "A little from
> column A and a little from column B" which he knows from the movie Aladdin
> (1992).
>
> He is wondering what the origin of this quote is? (Surely it pre-dates the
> movie). We could find lots of references to it but nothing definitive about
> a source. Can anyone tell us more?
>
> Cheers
> Jen
>
> --
> *"The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity."
> Dorothy Parker*

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