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Wooden Spoon

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The last of the honour men—i.e. of the Junior Optimes, in the Cambridge University. Sometimes two or morelast” men are bracketed together, in which case the group is termed the spoon bracket. It is said that these men are so called because in days of yore they were presented with a wooden spoon, while the other honour men had a silver or golden one, a spoon being the usual prix de mérite instead of a medal. (See Wooden Wedge.)

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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