Graffito: "To Be Is To Do" "To Do Is To Be" "Do Be Do Be Do"
adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Tue Sep 17 01:20:46 UTC 2013
Garson O'Toole wrote:
>> Thanks for your responses DAD and Wilson. It is interesting, I think,
>> that sometimes a major personality will be linked to a signature
>> statement / vocalization that is inaccurate or distorted:
>> Cary Grant: Judy, Judy, Judy.
>> James Cagney: You dirty rat.
> Not to (hereby) mention all those sports figures, e.g.
> Vince Lombardi: "Winning isn't everything, it's the *only* thing"
> Leo Durocher: "Nice guys finish last"
> Yogi Berra: possibly everything he was supposed to have said, including "I didn't say half the things I said"
Thanks, LH. Interestingly, there is evidence that Yogi Berra did make
the comment: "I really didn’t say everything I said" in 1986. Below is
a citation. Also, here is a link to the QI website category for "Yogi"
and a link to the entry for this quotation:
[ref] 1986 February 24, “Color Yogi a Happy Guy; Now wearing Astros’
rainbow uniform, Berra’s relaxed, popular” by Steve Marcus, Section
Sports, Start Page 92, Newsday [Nassau and Suffolk Edition], Long
Island, New York. (ProQuest)[/ref]
Berra was unveiled to the Southwest in the Astros’ winter caravan.
"Here he was a Hall of Famer coming down to the backwoods of Texas,"
publicist Rob Matwick said. "He was the most single sought-out person.
He led the team in stares."
Fans hung on Berra’s every word, hoping for a Berra-ism, many of which
have been said by others but attributed to Yogi. "I really didn’t say
everything I said," Berra said, creating another original.
Research on several additional Yogiisms has been completed and entries
will placed on the QI website over time. My late brother enjoyed
Yogiisms and used to ask me about them.
> And then there are fictional ones, like Sherlock Holmes's
> "Elementary, my dear Watson"
The Yale Book Quotations has valuable citations related to the
expression "Elementary, my dear Watson". I researched this interesting
topic several months ago, but haven't shared the new results yet. So I
will try to post to the list in the coming days.
The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org
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