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Who first said You are a Gentleman and a scholar?

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December 11, 2010 12:01AM

It's from the Catcher in the Rye.

Although it was indeed used there, it's a phrase that's been knocking around the British Isles for centuries - both Burns and Wordsworth have used it, amongst others. Long ago, both notions (that of being a scholar, and that of being a gentleman) were most worthy ideals. Thus this doubling of 'worthiness' was really heaping praise upon someone.