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Re: 0ff-Topic: Ink-Stained Wretch



Irene Silverman wrote:
Apologies for an off-topic question. My newspaper needs to know:
Where did the phrase "ink-stained wretch" originate?
Google has been no help.
Thank you all.

Sounds Menckenesque to me. And it's not in his A NEW DICTIONARY OF QUOTATIONS, his version of Bartlett's, which makes me think he might have coined it.