Slate article on martini poem attributed to Dorothy Parker

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Tue Apr 9 17:02:20 UTC 2013

Slate has an excellent article about the quotation concerning martinis
that is usually attributed to Dorothy Parker:

I like to have a martini,
Two at the very most.
After three I'm under the table,
After four I'm under my host.

The author writes knowledgeably about the common problem of
misquotation, and he gives key citations for the martini quote. The
photo at the beginning of the article shows a fun picture of a martini
glass with the quote inscribed. (Full disclosure: The article has a
link to the Quote Investigator website.)

Title: Martini Madness
Sub-title: Dorothy Parker didn’t write the famous quatrain about
martinis that’s always attributed to her.
Author: Troy Patterson
Date: April 8, 2013

In July 2010 this saying and several other quotations attributed to
Dorothy Parker were discussed on the ADS list.

Barry Popik has an entry on the poem:


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