[Ads-l] Request help getting scans for saying: fib, downright lie, statistics

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Fri Mar 4 07:35:17 UTC 2022

Way back in January 2009 Stephen Goranson found an important citation
illuminating the history of the "Lies, damned lies, and statistics"


I am trying to obtain scans for this citation. The text of the article
is indexed by ProQuest, and the full article is probably in one of
their periodical databases.

June 13, 1891, The National Observer (London) pages 93 and 94

[Begin excerpt]
Sir,--It has been wittily remarked that there are three kinds of
falsehood: the first is a 'fib,' the second is a downright lie, and
the third and most aggravated is statistics. It is on statistics and
on the absence of statistics that the advocate of national pensions
[End excerpt]

If you have access to this article, and you are willing to help,
please contact me off list.

Garson O'Toole

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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