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The Cassell dictionary of regrettable quotations
Milsted, David, 1954-
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London : Cassell ; New York : Distributed in the United States by Sterling Publ., 1999.
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x, 246 pages ; 24 cm
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PN6081 .C295 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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The Cassell Dictionary of Regrettable Quotations is a richly entertaining but often thought-provoking collection of some of the worst-chosen words in history. The 1500 quotations embrace spectacular gaffes and rash predictions ("groups of guitars are on the way out, " said a Decca Records executive of the Beatles), misjudgments, flawed verdicts and famous last words ("I feel a little better." -- Queen Victoria on her deathbed).

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Library Journal Review

Cassell here offers two serviceable additions to the speaker's reference shelf. The Cassell Dictionary of Anecdotes features over 1000 stories arranged alphabetically under 400 subject headings. The index provides further subject access, particularly to the people (usually famous) referred to in the stories, but does not include the sources of the anecdotes. Rees (Cassell Dictionary of Humorous Quotations) uses his years of lexicological experience to good effect, augmenting his pithy, humorous renditions of the stories with footnotes examining versions attributed to other people. While Americans and other nationalities are represented, British personalities do predominate. The Cassell Dictionary of Regrettable Quotations shares the British slant, but Milsted (Xenophile's Guide to the English) does not have Rees's ear for phrasing. He describes this work as "the thinking person's bathroom book," and many of the rash predictions and bald-faced lies he has collected have flat and awkward wording that would not work well with a listening audience. Milsted has arranged over 1500 entries under 250 subject headings with ample See also references. The index lists the sources and subjects (again, usually famous people) of the quotations. A livelier alternative to Milsted's book is the series by Ross and Kathryn Petras beginning with The 776 Stupidest Things Ever Said (Main Street, 1993).DVivian Reed, Long Beach P.L., CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.