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Fake facts and favourite sayings

November 8, 2017

An excerpt from an OUPblog article published on 7th November 2017, written by Susan Ratcliffe, an Associate Editor for Oxford Quotations Dictionaries.

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'When the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations was first published in 1941, it all seemed so simple. It was taken for granted that a quotation was a familiar line from a great poet or a famous figure in history, and the source could easily be found in standard literary works or history books. Those early compilers of quotations did not think of fake facts and the internet. “Fake facts”, or perhaps more accurately misunderstandings, have been around in the world of quotations for a long time. Often, when people see a line they like, they simply copy it and repeat it. ...'

Discover more: Read the rest of the article on the OUPblog.  

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