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The Quote Verifier

Who Said What, Where, and When
Keyes, Ralph (Book - 2006)
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Baker & Taylor
Furnishes an enlightening overview of famous quotes and sayings, including quips, proverbs, one-liners, and more, and how they have been misapplied, misattributed, or miswritten. Original. 20,000 first printing.

McMillan Palgrave
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.


Book News
"Memory may be a terrible librarian, but it's a great editor." So says the author of The Courage to Write in tracing the sources and usage history of many familiar but often misattributed or misquoted classic and contemporary sayings. E.g., what Churchill actually said was "blood, toil, tears, and sweat" rather than "blood, sweat, and tears." Keyes' verdict is that this is the prime minister's take on an old phrase. Quotes are organized alphabetically by key word, including genres such as famous last words and movie quotes. Indexing is by key word, name, and sidebar (featuring people who commonly have words put in their mouth). This well- researched, entertaining reference deserves a cloth edition. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Holtzbrinck
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.


Blackwell North Amer
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.

Baker
& Taylor

Furnishes an overview of famous quotes and sayings, including quips, proverbs, and one-liners, and discusses how they have been misapplied, misattributed, or miswritten.

Authors: Keyes, Ralph
Statement of Responsibility: Ralph Keyes
Title: The quote verifier
who said what, where, and when
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2006
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: xxi, 387 p. ; 21 cm.
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. [259]-265) and indexes
Subject Headings: Quotations History and criticism Quotations, English
Topical Term: Quotations
Quotations, English
LCCN: 2005043697
ISBN: 9780312340049
0312340044
Branch Call Number: 082 K
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