What They Didn't Say: A Book of Misquotations

What They Didn't Say: A Book of Misquotations


By (author) Elizabeth Knowles

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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Format: Hardback | 176 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 198mm x 18mm | 222g
  • Publication date: 4 December 2006
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0199203598
  • ISBN 13: 9780199203598
  • Sales rank: 1,157,212

Product description

Follow the money Fresh fields and pastures new A good day to bury bad news If the glove doesn't fit you must acquit Brings together a fascinating range of wrongly remembered sayings, popular summaries of original thoughts, and apocryphal or unverifiable comments attributed to a particular person. By revealing what was (and was not) really said, this book celebrates the colour and inventiveness of language change.

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Author information

Elizabeth Knowles is Publishing Manager for Oxford Quotations Dictionaries and is a historical lexicographer, having previously worked on the 4th edition of the Shorter Oxford English Dictionary. She is editor of the current 6th edition of the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations.

Review quote

"What They Didn't Say: A Book of Misquotations, edited by Elizabeth Knowles, supplies the backstory that comes at the end of Telephone; who said what first and how it changes along the way."--Booklist"Offers keen observations on how misquotations tend to enter our collective consciousness."--School Library Journal"The book is full of such interesting material."--Daily Oklahoman