As I plowed through a writing project this weekend, I caught myself typing the stale phrase “that rarest of species”. I know, I really am that stuffy. Maybe it’s The Dante Club, maybe the Pride and Prejudice, but my English has become substantially more Queen’s recently, probably to the same degree as Johnny‘s has become Queens.
Either way, I struck the phrase, assuming I was unconsciously quoting something. Damned if I can figure out what though. I mere googling returns a litany of articles using the phrase, but no source. I tried Shakespeare and the KJV. Even a thorough bartleby session turned up nought. (See? Who uses ‘nought’?)
Anybody got anything on this? I mean, it must have come from somewhere. Three cheers to you if you find it. I’ll toast your name with a sherry in the parlor and draw up an epigram praising your alacrity.