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The Resource "Nice guys finish seventh" : false phrases, spurious sayings, and familiar misquotations, Ralph Keyes

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

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"Nice guys finish seventh" : false phrases, spurious sayings, and familiar misquotations
Title
"Nice guys finish seventh"
Title remainder
false phrases, spurious sayings, and familiar misquotations
Statement of responsibility
Ralph Keyes
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Leo Durocher is best remembered for saying, "Nice guys finish last." He never said it. What the Brooklyn Dodgers' manager did say, before a 1946 game with the New York Giants, was: "The nice guys are all over there. In seventh place." Durocher's words lacked pop. Sportswriters perked them up, and gave America one of its most familiar misquotations. Ralph Keyes points out in "Nice Guys Finish Seventh" that many of our best-known sayings, phrases, and quotations are inaccurate, misattributed, or both. During two decades of research, he discovered that: "Any man who hates dogs and children can't be all bad" was said about W.C. Fields, not by him; "Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing" was the slogan of UCLA coach Red Sanders, not Vince Lombardi; "The opera ain't over 'til the fat lady sings" was adapted from an old saying: "Church ain't out 'til the fat lady sings"; and Winston Churchill did not originate the phrase "iron curtain," and never said, "blood, sweat and tears." Hundreds of such examples illustrate Keyes's Immutable Law of Misquotation: Misquotes drive out real quotes. "Certain things demand to be said," he writes, "said in a certain way, and by the right person. Whether such comments are accurate is beside the point." Keyes confirms that William Tecumseh Sherman didn't say, "War is hell." Nor did he vow, "If nominated, I will not run. If elected, I will not serve." According to Keyes, such words voice observations we want made. Freud may never have said, "Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar," for example, but we certainly wish he had. For a misquote to become familiar it must come from a well-known mouth. Take "You can't trust anyone over thirty." Abbie Hoffman, right? Or was it Jerry Rubin? Mario Salvo? Mark Rudd? All have been given credit for this sixties catchphrase. Keyes discovered that its real originator was a student named Jack Weinberg. Remember him? Few do. That's why Weinberg's words were assigned to better-known mouths. Keyes calls this "the flypaper effect." Orphan quotes or comments by unknowns routinely stick to a Churchill, a Lincoln, or a Twain. Other syndromes Keyes discusses include bumper-stickering (condensing a long comment to make it more quotable), lip-syncing (mouthing someone else's words as if they were your own), and retroquoting (putting words in the mouths of famous dead people). Separate chapters focus on misquotes in history, politics, show business, sports, literature, and academia. "Nice Guys Finish Seventh" is a pleasure to read. It's also a first-rate argument-settler. By exhaustively researching the true origins of famous sayings, Ralph Keyes has produced a provocative, authoritative guide to who actually said what."--Jacket flap
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Also issued online.
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DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Keyes, Ralph
Dewey number
082
Index
index present
LC call number
PN6081
LC item number
.K488 1992
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Quotations, English
  • Quotations
  • Common fallacies
  • Common fallacies
  • Quotations
  • Quotations, English
Label
"Nice guys finish seventh" : false phrases, spurious sayings, and familiar misquotations, Ralph Keyes
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 199-204) and indexes
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocm25788283
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xii, 273 pages
Isbn
9780062700209
Lccn
92052539
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o25788283
  • (OCoLC)25788283
Label
"Nice guys finish seventh" : false phrases, spurious sayings, and familiar misquotations, Ralph Keyes
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 199-204) and indexes
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocm25788283
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xii, 273 pages
Isbn
9780062700209
Lccn
92052539
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o25788283
  • (OCoLC)25788283

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