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Wait, who said that? Your favorite quote probably isn't from the person you think

Wait, who said that? Your favorite quote probably isn't from the person you think

Update: 2022-07-24
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Most likely that favorite quote you've been throwing around didn't come from the person you thought. From the movie quote "Luke, I am your father" from Star Wars The Empire Strikes Back to the quote "golf is a good walk spoiled" by Mark Twain - Both incorrect by the way. Every generation misquotes in their own way. Some are just plain misquoted, while others are just remembered wrong (take that Star Wars quote for example. Darth Vader actually says "No, I am your father.")

Fred Shapiro, lecturer and editor of the Yale Book of Quotations and The New Yale Book of Quotations has made it his business to study quotes and make sure they are correct. He sat down with the Team at 5 Things to talk quotes.

He said our cultures today is geared more toward conciseness with snippets and soundbites. That people are less likely to read through a book or an argument. They want something shorter. Punchier. He said some of the misquoting comes from that mindset. He said movies quotes are very popular and often misquoted and condensed.

But does it really matter if a person gets the gist of what is being said? Shapiro said it does matter.

Don't believe us on some of the misquotes? Check it out for yourself.

To see the clip from Apocalypse Now mentioned in the episode, click here.

How about that Sarah Palin quote. Click here for her ABC News interview and click here for the Saturday Night Live sketch.

Still not sure about former President Barrack O'bama misquoting Maya Angelou? Click here to watch the video.

For Fred Shapiro's books click here and here.

To follow James Brown on Twitter, click here.

Episode Transcript available here

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Wait, who said that? Your favorite quote probably isn't from the person you think

Wait, who said that? Your favorite quote probably isn't from the person you think