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Many bright minds have come up with expressions we now take for granted as part of the English language, and which we use freely in vernacular speech. But the originators of many of our most useful second-hand remarks go uncredited. So who said it first? This collection sets out to credit as far as its possible to do so the people who actually created many familiar terms in common us. For example, poor Ernest Dowson is all but forgotten, but author Margaret Mitchell read his 1891 poem Non Sum Qualis and brought one phrase from that poem to the attention of millions. The phrase that caught her eye was gone with the wind. Written in Max Cryers delightfully witty style, WHO SAID THAT FIRST? is a wonderful book to dip into or settle a friendly dispute.

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