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

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

by Ralph Keyes
     
 

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Mary Carroll
The public ear, Keyes suggests, listens with blue pencil poised. This "editing" (otherwise known as misquotation) is governed by two axioms: "Any quotation that can be altered will be" and "Famous quotes need famous mouths." Most recently author of "Timelock" and editor of "Sons on Fathers" , Keyes "take[s] a fresh, skeptical look at familiar phrases, sayings, and quotations." He outlines "The Rules of Misquotation" (corollaries of the axioms cited above) and then considers categories of misstated and misattributed quotations by source and/or subject: frequently quoted speakers and writers, recent trends, Europeans, Founding Fathers, war, politics, U.S. presidents, entertainment, sports, writers, and academics. Keyes' research unearths interesting, often surprising facts about who said what when--as well as enough errors in standard references to suggest his volume deserves a place in most quotation collections.
Booknews
A lot more fun than just another book of quotations is this collection of famous sayings, phrases, and quotations that are inaccurate, misattributed, or both. Separate chapters focus on misquotes in history, politics, show business, sports, literature, and academia. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062700209
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
10/01/1992
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
288

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