another misattributed quote

Victor Steinbok aardvark66 at GMAIL.COM
Fri Sep 21 00:05:50 UTC 2012

I suspect, we are agreed on all counts.


On 9/20/2012 7:04 PM, Garson O'Toole wrote:
> Thanks for your response Victor. I do not think a relevant person
> named "Tyler" exists. It was a misspelling for "Tytler".
> And, yes, I imagine that the editors of Snopes would have taken the
> 1946 newspaper author to task. The sentence: "More than two centuries
> ago, a Professor Tytler, of the Edinburgh University, made the
> following observation." is from the 1946 newspaper.
> I apologize for using a technical locution that was certainly
> confusing: "Tytler attributed saying". In non-technical terms I meant:
> "the following ascription to Tytler is utter horseshit". But it is
> useful to know the depth and age of the horseshit.
> On Thu, Sep 20, 2012 at 6:02 PM, victor steinbok <aardvark66 at> wrote:
>> Interestingly enough, Snopes would have taken even this claim to task.
>> Snopes points out that the Scotsman Tyler did, in fact, practiced
>> philosophy in the 18th century, but Tytler, the supposed author of the
>> quote, came nearly 100 years later (or, in the 19th century, in any event).
>> So even in this supposedly accurate quote, there is a misattribution.
>> VS-)

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