[Ads-l] Desperate Last Plea for Most Notable Quotations of 2014

Ben Zimmer bgzimmer at GMAIL.COM
Thu Nov 13 18:47:48 UTC 2014

On Tue, Nov 11, 2014 at 8:55 PM, Shapiro, Fred wrote:
> It's November 11 and I still don't have 10 quotations that I consider to be
> suitable for my annual list, run by the Associated Press, of the top 10 most
> notable quotations of the year.  By "notable" I mean "important" or "famous"
> or "particularly revealing of the spirit of our times" rather than necessarily
> being eloquent or admirable.  So I am renewing my plea for suggestions of
> notable quotations from 2014, particularly ones from politics or popular
> culture or entertainment or sports or business or technology.

How about...

"We will not get dragged into another ground war in Iraq." -- Pres. Obama

Or from early in the year...

"I come out here to apologize to the people of New Jersey. I am
embarrassed and humiliated."  --Chris Christie

Probably need something Ebola-related on there. Perhaps one of the
more inflammatory political statements, like...

"Ladies and gentlemen, we have an Ebola outbreak, we have bad actors
who can come across the border. We need to seal the border and secure
it." -- Thom Tills (R-NC)

The previously suggested "Hands up, don't shoot" from Ferguson is
probably the most memorable.


Ben Zimmer

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