the curate's egg was [DWJ] Best Of.

Elizabeth Bentley elizabeth at
Fri Jan 27 14:15:19 EST 2006

On 27/1/06 19:01, "Otter Perry" <ottertee at> wrote:

> On Jan 27, 2006, at 5:00 AM, minnow at wrote:
>> Calling something a "curate's egg" is calling it completely useless,
>> bad all through.
> Depends on who you are, I guess.  _I_ use it to mean parts of it
> are excellent.
> Of course, I know a bad egg is bad throughout, but ....

The Oxford Dictionary of Idioms defines a curate's egg as something of very
mixed character, partly good and partly bad.

I guess that whatever an bad egg is actually like, a curate's egg is seen as

Elizabeth Bentley
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