HD: 50 Common Misquotations
Posted: 23 May 2013 03:43 AM   [ Ignore ]
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A badly needed debunking, although I’m not sure about it’s accuracy.

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Posted: 23 May 2013 06:36 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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I certainly wouldn’t trust anything they said without seeing the evidence.

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Posted: 23 May 2013 01:17 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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The Bible doesn’t say “Can the leopard change its spots?” --- it says “can the Ethiopian change his skin --- [or] the leopard his spots?” (Jeremiah 13:23).  Misquotation is almost as natural to humans as breathing. The list probably runs into millions.

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Posted: 23 May 2013 06:19 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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In some cases, the misquotation is just a simplifying paraphase that doesn’t change the meaning, to present the crucial material succinctly. e.g. “Do you feel lucky, punk?”

I note that what the speaker says in this clip doesn’t match the words on the screen in the case of “Magic mirror, on the wall, who’s the fairest one of all.”

The status of the Armstrong quote is disputed. According to snopes, Armstrong has conceded that he flubbed the line: he did actually say, “One small step for Man...”. He had meant to say “for a man” but fucked it up.

Facebook seems to be a very ready medium for the spreading of mucked up, misattributed or completely bogus quotes.

EDIT: Retrocorrected thanks to Techie’s vigilance.

[ Edited: 24 May 2013 01:38 AM by OP Tipping ]
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Posted: 23 May 2013 08:44 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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he did actually say, “One more step for Man...”. He had meant to say “for a man”

He sure didn’t say “One more step...”

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Posted: 24 May 2013 05:41 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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OP Tipping - 23 May 2013 06:19 PM

The status of the Armstrong quote is disputed. According to snopes, Armstrong has conceded that he flubbed the line: he did actually say, “One small step for Man...”. He had meant to say “for a man” but fucked it up.

Ah, the elusive “off forum” mantle. Dave discusses this very subject in his home page post.

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Posted: 10 June 2013 10:16 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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Arrgghh. 38 peeves indeed. Pretty ballsy to prate about misspellings while misspelling possess and possessive at least four times by my count. And the affect/effect “clarification”? Hmmph. I’d like to effect a change...but I lack affect so I’ll just give up.

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Posted: 10 June 2013 11:57 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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Ah, the elusive “off forum” mantle.
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I’ll wear it with pride.

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Posted: 11 June 2013 06:33 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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This is a timely revisiting of the topic: last week researchers from Michigan State and Ohio State reported a study that shows people from central Ohio (where Armstrong grew up) tend underarticulate “a” following “for”, resulting in a sound more like “frrr(uh)”.  It’s possible that Armstrong did say “for a” in his dialect, but the absorption of the “a” into “for” combined with the relatively poor audio quality resulted in an utterance in which the “a” is not discernible by most hearers.

News release http://msutoday.msu.edu/news/2013/msu-led-team-deciphers-famous-moon-landing-quote/

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Posted: 11 June 2013 07:07 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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This is like the Kennedy assassination, isn’t it?  We’ll never know the real truth.

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Posted: 11 June 2013 03:04 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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Well we never got a confession in the Kennedy assassination, whereas Armstrong has already put his hand up and admitted he said “for man"…

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Posted: 11 June 2013 03:37 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 11 ]
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Ah, but who paid him off, eh?  Cui bono?  Who didn’t want there to be an article??

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Posted: 11 June 2013 06:36 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 12 ]
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Did the same people who bribed him to “confess” his “mistake” also pay him off to make the prior lies, in which he blamed his seeming mistake on the poor audio quality, or has he been the patsy of two completely different sets of conspirators?  Wait, I got it, it’s all a ploy to stop the world from finding out about the tendency of speakers of Central Ohioan Vernacular Regional English to “a-drop.” Somebody had better warn the MSU research team…

Oh, who am I kidding, it’s far too late for that.

[ Edited: 11 June 2013 06:42 PM by Svinyard118 ]
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Posted: 12 June 2013 02:22 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 13 ]
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Did the same people who bribed him to “confess” his “mistake” also pay him off to make the prior lies, in which he blamed his seeming mistake on the poor audio quality, or has he been the patsy of two completely different sets of conspirators?

Double-crossing can be lucrative.

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Posted: 12 June 2013 02:32 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 14 ]
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Armstrong would be the English form of the Fortinbras (literally “strong in arms"), a French name that Shakespeare strangely gave to a Norwegian, said to have “mettle hot and full”, ie metal hot and full like an unused fuel tank for a rocket. Too big a connection to have been a coincidence so quite probably he was an invented figure. His first name was chosen so that Buzz could ruefully say, “Neil before me”.

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Posted: 12 June 2013 12:18 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 15 ]
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....and here was I, assuming that the name was a reference to the underwear he wore in battle (something like that wing-commander in “Personal Services"). Well, well. You can count on wordorigins.org --- someone’s always got a surprise up their sleeve.

Edit: thank you, OP Tipping.

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