Clearly some people really struggle with basic statistics. Thus, there are no recorded examples of the phrase "one-off", being used prior to 1903 (and then only in an engineering context-it would be decades later before the phrase entered common usage.)
Therefore, the chances of a single example appearing in a disputed diary with zero provenance, supposedly originating from years earlier, are astronomical. It would mean, for instance, that James Maybrick was not only the first person in recorded history to use the phrase, but no one else is recorded as doing so for more than a decade, and then in a very different technical context.
The odds against that happening must be at least several hundred million to one against, I.e. on the basis that the phrase could have originated from any individual, capable of writing English, over that period.
This has been my point all along regarding the chance and probability of the whole saga.
People are oddly quick to make a pass for so many glaring issues, and it's kind of perplexing.
James Maybrick is being put forth as a man who invented phrases, drank in pub's that didn't exist, wrote in two entirely different hands, could predict the future, and not only that, but on the side, he was the world's most notorious and successful murderer, evading capture, only to be thwarted by arsenic, and finding himself involved, post-mortem, in a massive poisoning case that had the world paying attention.
That's rich, coming from a grown adult who doesn't understand how the burdon of proof works, lol. Kaz, I'm probably half your age and I'm doing just fine. You, on the other hand, are bit of a lemon.
So you're 22?
Your attitude towards the likes of us who remain open minded and are not convinced about your so called 'proof', stinks... I mean that without any nastiness attached, just a factual observation. Many have said similar.
Best get your mates involved now, help bump up your deflated ego (don't be so hard on yourself though, your condition is known to be quite debilitating...)