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The ten thousand things and the one true only.

by Kip Manley

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Two things to keep in mind.

All my Eye (and) Betty Martin. All nonsense. Joe Miller says that a Jack Tar went into a foreign church, where he heard some one uttering these words—Ah! mihi, bea’te Martine (Ah! [grant] me, Blessed Martin). On giving an account of his adventure, Jack said he could not make much out of it, but it seemed to him very like “All my eye and Betty Martin.” Grose has “Mihi beatæ Martinis” [sic]. The shortened phrase, “All my eye,” is very common.

That’s from Ebenezer Cobham Brewer, but never forget that this was also said, once:

Appearances do not deceive if there are enough of them.

Art is a gift.