Exposed!: Famous ungrammatical quotes!

Shapiro, Fred fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Wed Apr 24 15:28:36 UTC 2013

Very interesting, Jon.  If one includes the restrictive "that" vs. "which" controversy (American copyeditors see their main function in life as changing restrictive "which" to "that," but I believe that in Britain the preference is the reverse), many of the most famous literary quotations seem "wrong" to literary Americans.

Fred Shapiro

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You will be shockedshocked.


"If the truth is half as bad as I think it is, you can't handle the truth."

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