QOTY - "the Serenity Prayer"?

Shapiro, Fred fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Sun Dec 23 15:57:30 UTC 2012

The earliest occurrences of the SP are now a pair in 1933.

Fred Shapiro

From: American Dialect Society [ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU] on behalf of Ben Zimmer [bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU]
Sent: Sunday, December 23, 2012 10:18 AM
Subject: Re: QOTY - "the Serenity Prayer"?

Since the Serenity Prayer is hardly new (I believe Fred's date to beat
for the entire prayer is Jan. 1936), I propose another candidate for
late-breaking QOTY:

"The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a
gun." -- NRA executive VP Wayne LaPierre, 12/21/12


On Sat, Dec 22, 2012 at 10:07 AM, Joel S. Berson <Berson at att.net> wrote:
> A Reuters article on Speaker Boehner's "Plan B" by Thomas Ferraro and
> Richard Cowan and Rachelle Younglai on Yahoo News this morning says:
> >Boehner decided to make the announcement [that he would not schedule
> >a vote on "Plan B"} at a closed-door meeting of House Republicans in
> >a room in the basement of the Capitol.
> >
> >Before he did, he led his troops in a recitation of the Pledge of
> >Allegiance and then the Serenity Prayer, which includes the passage:
> >
> >"God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the
> >courage to change things that I can and the wisdom to know the difference."
> >
> >"It was a very emotional meeting," {Rep.] Cole [of Oklahoma] said.

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