Last Plea for Most Notable Quotations of 2013

Shapiro, Fred fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Sun Nov 24 14:21:01 UTC 2013

Actually the fact that the "eat at home" quote is innocuous without clarification may be what allows it to make the list.  I can include it, without clarification, and it would not overtly render the list "outré" (using Ben's apt terminology).  Most readers will understand the quote.

Fred Shapiro

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Hmmm... not sure how "obvious" it is when you hear it the first time. No
allusion to oral sex in that quote whatsoever... need context.


On 11/23/2013 9:02 PM, Joel S. Berson wrote:
> At 11/23/2013 08:42 PM, Alice Faber wrote:
>> On 11/23/13 8:21 PM, Joel S. Berson wrote:
>>> At 11/23/2013 07:11 PM, Ben Zimmer wrote:
>>>> And surely we include any number of Rob Ford quotes from the past
>>>> couple of weeks? "I've got more than enough to eat at home'" is
>>>> probably the most notorious.
>>> That needs some expansion -- at for those of us who haven't been
>>> following Rob every day.
>> The quotable Rob Ford:
>> <>
> Oh, the obvious.  Especially relished because of  his obesity, I
> imagine.  (He seems to outdo Gov. Christie.)
> But I think it will need to be more fully stated (sated?) when chosen
> -- and include the p-word.
> Joel
>> And "I've got more than enough to eat at home" was on TV, live (and
>> without asterisks!):
>> <>
>> The above links to the CBC coverage. There was also a clip making the
>> rounds, that I can't find now, showing a CTV anchor struggling to
>> maintain her composure as this impromptu news conference was airing live.
>> Alice

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