Last in the classical tripos. When, in 1824, the classical
tripos was instituted at Cambridge, it was debated by what name to
call the last on the list. It so happened that the last on the list
was Wedgewood, and the name was accepted and moulded into
Wooden-wedge. (See Wooden Spoon.)
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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