[Ads-l] Notable Quotations of the Year List Is Released

Shapiro, Fred fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Tue Dec 14 20:26:44 EST 2021


I believe the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations defines a "quotation" as something that is frequently repeated by others.  I take a different approach when I collect and publish quotations, encompassing also passages of written or spoken text that I believe deserve to be repeated, because they are eloquent or insightful or humorous.  In the context of my "notable quotations of the year" lists, I often pick texts that I think reveal a lot about our society or are important in some way regardless of whether they are frequently repeated.

So, yes, "Let's go, Brandon" is quoted a lot, but that doesn't necessarily get it onto my annual list.

Fred


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I wouldn't challenge the idea that the Biden quote (or, generally, all of your selections, year in and year out) is "important or revealing of the spirit of the times".

It's just that the LGB quote is one that people actually, you know, quote.


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> Shapiro, Fred
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> I had "Let's go, Brandon" as number 3 on my preliminary list, but then I realized
> that the Biden quote about the Taliban fit well into my parameters and
> required much less explanation, so I essentially substituted the Taliban quote
> for the Brandon slogan.
>
> Fred Shapiro
>
>

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Subject: Re: Notable Quotations of the Year List Is Released

I wouldn't challenge the idea that the Biden quote (or, generally, all of your selections, year in and year out) is "important or revealing of the spirit of the times".

It's just that the LGB quote is one that people actually, you know, quote.


> -----Original Message-----
> From: American Dialect Society <ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU> On Behalf Of
> Shapiro, Fred
> Sent: Tuesday, December 14, 2021 10:42 AM
> To: ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU
> Subject:  Fw: Notable Quotations of the Year List Is Released

>
> I had "Let's go, Brandon" as number 3 on my preliminary list, but then I realized
> that the Biden quote about the Taliban fit well into my parameters and
> required much less explanation, so I essentially substituted the Taliban quote
> for the Brandon slogan.
>
> Fred Shapiro
>
>

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