"the plural of anecdote is (not) data."
JMB at STRADLEY.COM
Wed Jul 7 01:01:33 UTC 2004
Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan used it in a diary of the final negotiations for the Tax Reform Act of 1986 that he kept for Newsweek; I didn't see Newsweek, but this is from the 8/24/86 Chicago Sun-Times. From the diary entry for July 25:
<<Which made the case for reform. (Sen. John) Danforth had told of having dinner with a New Yorker who told him, "Jack, I pay taxes. But I am the only one I know who pays taxes." Data is said to be the plural of anecdote.>>
IIRC, Senator Moynihan used this phrase in other contexts and referred to it as being from the social sciences.
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