"Nice Guys Finish Seventh": False Phrases, Spurious Sayings, and Familiar Misquotations

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HarperCollinsPublishers, 1992 - Quotations - 273 pages
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curtain," and never said, "blood, sweat and tears." Hundreds of such examples illustrate Keyes's Immutable Law of Misquotation: Misquotes drive out real quotes. "Certain things demand to be said," he writes, "said in a certain way, and by the right person. Whether such comments are accurate is beside the point." Keyes confirms that William Tecumseh Sherman didn't say, "War is hell." Nor did he vow, "If nominated, I will not run. If elected, I will not serve." According.

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This book is meant to verify Who said What and Why we know it. Starts with a skeptical look at familiar quotations, checks the records, and engages in the detective work. Quite fun, and the extent of ... Read full review

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This book is full of popular sayings. Frequently the person you thought said them didn't, or said it very differently from the way we remember it. Really interesting and funny. Read full review

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Contents

Why Misquotes Drive Out Real Quotes
1
The Rules of Misquotation
13
Poor Richards Plagiarism
30
Copyright

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About the author (1992)

Ralph Keyes is the author of ten books and numerous articles for" Newsweek, Harper's, GQ," and other publications. A writing teacher for over thirty years, Keyes is a trustee of the Antioch Writers' Workshop. He lives in Yellow Springs, Ohio.

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