From the March 1969 magazine.

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Total to a T

And you may be interested in knowing why we call one who never "takes a drop" a teetotaler. According to the London publication Weekend, this word was coined by an Englishman from Lancaster named Dick Turner, who declared that his hatred for liquor was "total to a T." When he died in 1846, "the fact that he had invented the word was inscribed on his gravestone."

-- Carroll H. Jones

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