[Ads-l] Request article in Redbook circa 1945

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Thu Jul 19 13:51:19 UTC 2018

This request has now been satisfied. The saying: "Tact is the knack of
making a point without making an enemy" appeared in a column by Howard
W. Newton in the August 1946 issue of "Redbook". This is the earliest
citation known (to me). Hence, Howard (not Isaac) Newton is currently
the top candidate for creator of this expression.

Thanks very much to the respondents who will be credited when I revise
the QI article soon.


On Thu, Jul 19, 2018 at 8:46 AM, ADSGarson O'Toole
<adsgarsonotoole at gmail.com> wrote:
> A crossword puzzle maker asked me to explore a saying attributed to
> "Newton", and I responded by creating the following entry for the Quote
> Investigator website:
> Tact Is the Knack of Making a Point Without Making an Enemy
> https://quoteinvestigator.com/2018/07/18/tact/
> Perhaps a list member would be willing to help follow a lead. Apparently,
> the following instance of the expression appeared circa 1945 in
> "Redbook" which is part of the ProQuest Women's Magazine Archive:
> Tact is the knack of making a point without making an enemy.
> Howard W. Newton
> The goal is to obtain a PDF together with complete and accurate
> information for a citation. Thanks.
> Garson O'Toole
> QuoteInvestigator.com

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