[Ads-l] Request for Modern Examples of Misquotation

Tom Zurinskas truespel at HOTMAIL.COM
Sat Dec 19 12:22:51 UTC 2015

MisquoteA news anchor said that Donald Trump said that "Some" illegal immigrants are rapists.  Trump didn't say that.  He said "They are rapists".  That means "all" are, as far as I know the English language to work.

Tom Zurinskas,  Originally SWConn 20 yrs,  college Tenn 3,  work NJ  33,  now FL 12.The need for truespel phonetics - http://justpaste.it/truespelnow 

 > Date: Fri, 18 Dec 2015 15:31:34 -0500> From: adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
> Subject: Request for Modern Examples of Misquotation
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> Subject:      Request for Modern Examples of Misquotation
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> The book I am currently composing will include a discussion of the
> genesis of misquotations, and a variety of conjectural mechanisms will
> be presented.
> Do you, dear reader, know of any examples of misquotation that were in
> some distinctive way facilitated by modern communication networks,
> social networks, and/or the manipulation of electronic text?
> Note: The information being gathered here may be placed into the book.
> For example, one modern form of misattribution is engendered by
> twitter. When a well-known figure retweets a message from a
> lesser-known person the message is sometimes reassigned to the
> retweeter. The authorship of the following statement was reassigned to
> the award-winning science fiction writer William Gibson after he
> retweeted it:
> Before you diagnose yourself with depression or low self esteem, first
> make sure you are not, in fact, just surrounded by assholes.
> This episode was discussed on the Quote Investigator website here:
> http://quoteinvestigator.com/2014/10/25/diagnose/
> The message from Gibson was not deceptive. A careful reader who
> examined the retweet would have been able to determine that the
> message did not originate with Gibson. The twitter handle of another
> person was displayed together with the tweet. Indeed, the retweet
> mechanism was designed to preserve information about the source of a
> tweet.
> However, another behavior occurs on twitter which I will call
> "lifting" tweets. To "lift" a tweet one copies the tweet text and
> tweets it again while giving no indication of the original source of
> the tweet. Arguably, this is a modern form of plagiarism.
> If you, dear reader, know of any interesting examples of misquotations
> (via retweets or lifting) in the twittersphere please let me know
> on-list or off-list.
> Here is another example of a modern misattribution: I am currently
> researching a quotation that has been incorrectly ascribed to the
> prominent painter Frida Kahlo. The statement was first distributed
> anonymously via the website PostSecret in 2008, I believe. The words
> were superimposed on artwork that displayed an image of Kahlo and that
> probably induced the misattribution.
> Garson
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