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Sally Caves wrote:
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> On Thu, 5 Nov 1998, John Cowan wrote:
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> > We need it easily available as
> > "the very model of a modern model grammar".
> >
>
> Where does this formula originate?  I saw it, about seven years or so ago,
> applied with the same quotation marks, to Brian Stock, in an article
> entitled "The Very Model of a Modern Medievalist."
>
> Sally
> ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
> Sally Caves


"He is the very model of a modern major general" - from Gilbert &
Sullivan (HMS Pinaffore, IIRC).

        Shaul Vardi