You were born, I suppose, at Little Witham. A reproof to a
noodle. The pun, of course, is on little wit. Witham is in
“I will be sworn she was not born at Wittham, for Gaffer
Gibbs says she could not turn up a single lesson like a
Heart of Mid-Lothian, chap. xxxii.
Puns of this sort are very common. (See
Bedfordshire, Nod, Dunce, Cripplegate, Shanks' Nag etc.)
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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