Laundry List

You often hear people talking about a speech as being nothing more than a “laundry list” of proposals or some such thing, and it occurs to me to wonder: who the hell needs to make a list to do their laundry? Anyone have any idea where the expression comes from?

Laundry List

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  1. In the Austen novel Northanger Abbey, the heroine finds what she believes to be a medieval manuscript until, in the morning, she realizes it’s a laundry list. The person who would bring their clothes to a cleaner would get an itemized list of the items they’d handed over, so they could be sure to get all the items back. Don’t dry cleaners still do this?


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