"Nice guys finish seventh": false phrases, spurious sayings, and familiar misquotations

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HarperCollinsPublishers, Jun 1, 1992 - Reference - 273 pages
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Many of our best known quotes are inaccurate, misattributed, or both. In this surprising and delightfully entertaining compendium of famous quotes, we learn the truth about where they came from.

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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

"Nice guys finish seventh": false phrases, spurious sayings, and familiar misquotations

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Gone are the days when a book of quotations was just that--a list of bons mots arranged by author or subject, usually accompanied by the source of the quote. Now the expression must be explained (both ... Read full review

Contents

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

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