[Ads-l] "I have the best words"

Ben Zimmer bgzimmer at GMAIL.COM
Wed Oct 12 17:17:15 EDT 2016


Ah, forgot that Fred allows late-on-the-calendar entries from the previous
year. But there have been so many quotable Trumpisms since then, it's going
to have some tough competition.

On Wed, Oct 12, 2016 at 2:07 PM, Shapiro, Fred <fred.shapiro at yale.edu>
wrote:

> I'm not sure whether Ben is referring to my list of 10 most notable
> quotations of the year, or to some other QOTY designation, but if it's the
> former a late-December quote is definitely eligible for the next year's
> list.
>
> Fred Shapiro
>
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> Zimmer <bgzimmer at GMAIL.COM>
> Sent: Wednesday, October 12, 2016 12:57 PM
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> Subject: Re: "I have the best words"
>
> Don't think this one is eligible for 2016 QOTY, because Trump said it at
> the end of last year.
>
> http://dailycaller.com/2015/12/30/trump-i-know-words-i-
> have-the-best-words-obama-is-stupid-video/
>
> On Wed, Oct 12, 2016 at 7:00 AM, Shapiro, Fred <fred.shapiro at yale.edu>
> wrote:
>
> > I find "I know words. I have the best words." to be oddly beautiful.  It
> > also has a Hemingwayesque quality.
> >
> >
> > Fred Shapiro
> >
> >
> >
> > ________________________________
> > From: American Dialect Society <ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU> on behalf of
> > Geoffrey Nunberg <nunbergg at GMAIL.COM>
> > Sent: Wednesday, October 12, 2016 12:40 AM
> > To: ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU
> > Subject: "I have the best words"
> >
> > Narcissism has never been so memorably pithy. I make it a terrific QOTY
> > candidate.
> >
> > Geoff
> >
> > > Date:    Tue, 11 Oct 2016 13:35:33 +0000
> > > From:    Joel Berson <berson at ATT.NET <mailto:berson at att.net>>
> > > Subject: "I have the best words"
> > >
> > > "I know words, I have the best words."  Donald Trump.
> > >
> > > From an article by Lisa Belkin, Chief National Correspondent [for, I
> > assume, Yahoo/News],October 10, 2016, titled "Not 'just words': Why
> Donald
> > Trump's lewd talk matters":
> > >
> > > "For your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be
> > condemned" reads Matthew 12:36-38.
> > >
> > > "Words are loaded pistols," wrote Jean-Paul Sartre.
> > >
> > > "Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind," Rudyard
> > Kipling said.
> > >
> > > And, of course, Donald Trump: "I know words, I have the best words."
> > >
> > > Not 'just words': Why Donald Trump's lewd talk matters
> > >
> > > Joel
>
>

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