"cellar door"

Charles Doyle cdoyle at UGA.EDU
Thu Feb 18 20:42:38 UTC 2010

And while we're on the subject (sort of), does anyone know the history of (or the history of the attribution of) the not-infrequently-recounted anecdote about the wit who declared that the most beautiful word in the English language is "syphilis"? I've heard it credited to Samuel Johnson and perhaps one or two other "quote magnets."


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