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May 7, 2017

10 common mechanisms that lead to misquotation and incorrect attribution

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The list above is from Gregory F. Sullivan* aka Garson O'Toole's new book, "Hemingway Didn't Say That: The Truth Behind Familiar Quotations."

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Seven years ago O'Toole started the now-popular website Quote Investigator,

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where he traces the origins of well-known sayings.

[via the New York Times]

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Wanna be like me?

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Do what I did, then, and take a really deep dive into the wilderness of mirrors that masquerades as the origin of quotations by reading Robert C. Merton's** 1965 book, "On the Shoulders of Giants: A Shandean Postcript."
 
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I loved it.
 
*Sullivan is a former teacher and researcher in the Johns Hopkins computer science department who now spends his time writing.
 
**Yes — that's the same Robert C. Merton who won the Nobel Prize for Economics in 1997.

May 7, 2017 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

What is it?

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Answer here this time tomorrow.

Hint: smaller than a bread box.

Another: not Star Trek-related.

A third: moving parts.

May 7, 2017 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (3)

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