middlin' » midland
Spotted in the wild:
- Adrien Brody is fair-to-midland, calling up the best Steinbeckian dimwit that the constricting storyline will allow. (FilmForce review, July 30, 2004)
- I tried Ofoto once, and it was FAIR, but I must confess I mailed them the film, so I could only expect fair to midland prints from that roll anyway. (Frugal Living forum, Dec. 7, 2004)
- The Governor got an A from the Sierra Club, no big surprise that a Democratic Governor gets an A. Gave her a C this year. That’s not just fair to midland, that’s pretty poor. (KAET Horizon transcript, May 27, 2005)
Quinion calls _fair to Midland_ “a Texas variation on the phrase [_fair to middlin’_], a joke on the name of the city called Midland in that state.” Though it’s often used humorously (as in the name of a Texan band and a Dwight Yoakam song), there are many attestations of serious (usually uncapitalized) usage with no apparent allusion to the city of Midland.