The Quote Verifier: Who Said What, Where, and When

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St. Martin's Publishing Group, 2007 M04 1 - 416 pages
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Our language is full of hundreds of quotations that are often cited but seldom confirmed. Ralph Keyes's The Quote Verifier considers not only classic misquotes such as "Nice guys finish last," and "Play it again, Sam," but more surprising ones such as "Ain't I a woman?" and "Golf is a good walk spoiled," as well as the origins of popular sayings such as "The opera ain't over till the fat lady sings," "No one washes a rented car," and "Make my day."

Keyes's in-depth research routinely confounds widespread assumptions about who said what, where, and when. Organized in easy-to-access dictionary form, The Quote Verifier also contains special sections highlighting commonly misquoted people and genres, such as Yogi Berra and Oscar Wilde, famous last words, and misremembered movie lines.

An invaluable resource for not just those with a professional need to quote accurately, but anyone at all who is interested in the roots of words and phrases, The Quote Verifier is not only a fascinating piece of literary sleuthing, but also a great read.

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must have been friday at the scanning sept. This book is badly cut off on both sides.

Contents

THE QUOTES
1
BIBLIOGRAPHY
259
SOURCE NOTES
267
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
345
KEY WORD INDEX
347
NAME INDEX
375
SIDEBAR INDEX
389
Copyright

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2007)

Ralph Keyes's books include The Post-Truth Era, The Courage to Write, and Is There Life After High School? He lives in Yellow Springs, Ohio.

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