A Straight Dope Classic from Cecil's Storehouse of Human Knowledge

Who originated, "Now is the time for all good men ..."

September 16, 1977

Dear Cecil:

Where did the sentence, "Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of the party" originate?

Cecil replies:

From the typewriter it came, and to the typewriter it shall return: the phrase was proposed as a typing drill by a teacher named Charles E. Weller. Incidentally, many typing books now use the variant "Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country" instead, because it exactly fills out a 70-space line if you put a period at the end.

Related Posts with Thumbnails

Send questions for Cecil Adams to: cecil@chicagoreader.com

Send comments about this website to: webmaster@straightdope.com

Terms of Use / Privacy Policy

Advertise on the Straight Dope! Your direct line to thou- sands of the smartest, hippest people on the planet, plus a few total dipsticks.

Publishers - interested in subscribing to the Straight Dope? Write to: sdsubscriptions@chicagoreader.com.

Copyright © 2015 Sun-Times Media, LLC.