[Ads-l] Motto: The customer is always right - journalist request

Stephen Goranson goranson at DUKE.EDU
Wed Oct 7 13:42:40 UTC 2015


Sept. 3, 1905 Boston Herald p.38 [=women's section p.10?] col. 2 has the saying and the Field attribution. America's Historical Newspapers.

Stephen Goranson
http://people.duke.edu/~goranson/

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Subject: [ADS-L] Motto: The customer is always right - journalist request

A journalist at Slate contacted me about the motto "The customer is
always right". (The story angle involves a recently released movie.)
Back in February 2011 I posted a message to the list on this topic
that included a citation dated September 24, 1905 that attributed the
guidance to Marshall Field:

http://listserv.linguistlist.org/pipermail/ads-l/2011-February/106569.html

The Dictionary of Modern Proverbs lists the two citations given in my
ADS-L message.

I am planning to create a quick abbreviated entry for the website
primarily based on the previous message. New citations or feedback
welcome.

Thanks, Garson

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