Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Quotation

QUOTATION, n. The act of repeating erroneously the words of another. The words erroneously repeated.
Intent on making his quotation truer,
He sought the page infallible of Brewer,
Then made a solemn vow that we would be
Condemned eternally. Ah, me, ah, me!
—Stumpo Gaker
2008 Update:  The frivolity of one man finding respectability on the tongue of a stranger.

23 comments:

karma said...

"Im first"
- Karma

Logophile said...

An expedient method of obtaining the position perceived to reflect a majority, though it may just be a vocal minority.


Is it still Monday? It feels Monday-ish, maybe I should go back to bed

the amoeba said...

QUOTATION, n. The truth, Dr. Goebbels. I repeat ... See BRIDGE TO NOWHERE, Sarah. See also THE ECONOMY IS FUNDAMENTALLY SOUND, Herbert, I mean George.

weirsdo said...

Respectable plagiarism.

Ariel the Thief said...

The elevation of another fool's wisdom to greater depth. According to Ambrose Bierce, "The act of errogenously repeating the words of another or the words so echoed."

Doug said...

So sayeth the psalmist, Karma.

Logo, it's homeschool Monday.

The big lie, Amoeba? So many to choose from.

According to Minnie, Weirsdo?

Very clever quotation, Ariel. Y'all, Ariel is quoting the previous time I did this word is a gentle way of saying my effort is getting slack here.

Anonymous said...

sad but true,my first thought here is Joseph Goebbels,but guess that is because of the last eight years, tell a lie(self serving quote) and repeat it until it is thought by(the uninformed,by choice) many to be a truth....Prosperity-begins in the heart(not in the wallet),then can spread to the body America.....Peace Always..............................

tsduff said...

When my brain is mired in cement, I like to turn to Mark Twain for the comfort of his quotations:

"It is my belief that nearly any invented quotation, played with confidence, stands a good chance to deceive."
Mark Twain
- Following the Equator

TLP said...

" " I got nothing to say.

AP3 said...

Nice update! I used to be obsessed with quoting people when I was a teen. It was definitely a sign of my lack of self confidence.

Anonymous said...

wake up ambrose ,a good line does noT sleep........................Word Verification..funjgvo--fun-joy-good-very -often

Anonymous said...

think

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there

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should

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be

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more

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comments

Anonymous said...

Peace and Love....May the day be all You wish it to be...........Peace.....damn what does kfxhdxa mean ??????? sweet dreams BLESS

Anonymous said...

18 now thats a nice number....can divide it by 3.........:-)

Anonymous said...

damn---think this is 20,hey can divide be 4 or 5....................................................................bed soon LOL

tsduff said...

Goodnight sweet heart well it's time to go home, Doe Doe Doe Doe Doe Doe... Good night Sweetheart well it's time to go home....

Comments are going crazy, but who cares ???? No Monday to deal with... ha ha.

Doug said...

Bear, I keep mine in my wallet.

Quoting Twain on quotation, Terry, is your new job.

TLP, "I bet you say that to all the boys"

Aral, I would see it as preturnaturally developed index and middle fingers. It's probably what made you a good shortstop.

Bear, thank you. Round numbers are my favorite.

Terry, see, and Wednesday are worth less and less. You got out at the right time.

cooper said...

quoting: Using what someone else said when it sounds better than what I mean.