I’ve discovered the originator of the term “Churchillian Drift.” It’s Nigel Rees. Also discovered the Double-Tongued Dictionary and Waywordradio on NPR

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http://www.waywordradio.org/double-tongued-dictionary/
http://www.waywordradio.org/churchillian_drift_1/

“Long ago, I coined the term “Churchillian Drift” to describe the process whereby the actual originator of a quotation is often elbowed to one side and replaced by someone more famous. So to Churchill or Napoleon would be ascribed what, actually, a lesser-known political figure had said. The process occurs in all fields.”

(This comes from Nigel’s article “Policing Word Abuse” is in Aug. 13, 2009 Forbes issue.

https://twitter.com/wayword/media

And a few of Winston Churchill’s greatest words that we KNOW he said because, well, it’s on YouTube!!

MAYA ANGELO FOREVER (and, yes, there’s the stamp too); Churchillian drift and gnomologists: there’s got to be a 420 character 9-liner in this stamp story!!

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Definition of Gnomology: comes from the Greek word for charming garden ornament; thought or judgement. So “gnomes” as I understand it (thanks to James Geary) are aphorisms. I think in this 420 I’m attempting a bit of gnomology. 

Drift of the Churchillian kind

is when words are misattributed to a more familiar person.

Yogi, Churchill. Twain. Shakespeare; & now Maya Angelo!

UPS’s new Angelo stamp has a quote, & while Ms. Angleo used to SAY these words,

she never claimed to be the author; it was written by Joan Walsh Anglund.

Likewise the title of her memoir

“I know Why the Caged Bird Sings”

is from a poem by poet Paul Laurence Dunbar.*

Drift.

PATTY

*On Dec. 6 2012 Maya Angelou wrote:

I chose the title of my memoir, I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, from this poem** by poet Paul Laurence Dunbar. This is the last stanza.
…I know why the caged bird sings, ah me,
When his wing is bruised and his bosom sore,—
When he beats his bars and he would be free;
It is not a carol of joy or glee,
But a prayer that he sends from his heart’s deep core,
But a plea, that upward to Heaven he flings—
I know why the caged bird sings!

**The poem is from Paul Laurence Dunbar’s “Sympathy.”

MAYA ANGELO FOREVER (and, yes, there’s the stamp too); Churchillian drift and gnomologists: there’s got to be a 420 character 9-liner in this stamp story!!

DID SOMEONE SAY #TBT?

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Mario and James Mario, JRIMG_0600

A BOY AND HIS DAD
Edgar A. Guest (from When Day Is Done, 1921)

A boy and his dad on a fishing-trip—
There is a glorious fellowship!
Father and son and the open sky
And the white clouds lazily drifting by
And the laughing stream as it runs along
With the clicking reel like a martial song,
And the father teaching the youngster gay
How to land a fish in the sportsman’s way.

I fancy I hear them talking there
In an open boat, and the speech is fair;
And the boy is learning the ways of men
From the finest man in his youthful ken.
Kings, to the youngster, cannot compare
With the gentle father who’s with him there.
And the greatest mind of the human race
Not for one minute could take his place.

Which is happier, man or boy?
The soul of the father is steeped in joy,
For he’s finding out, to his heart’s delight,
That his son is fit for the future fight.
He is learning the glorious depths of him,
And the thoughts he thinks and his every whim,
And he shall discover, when night comes on,
How close he has grown to his little son.

A boy and his dad on a fishing-trip—
Oh, I envy them, as I see them there
Under the sky in the open air,
For out of the old, old long-ago
Come the summer days that I used to know,
When I learned life’s truths from my father’s lips
As I shared the joy of his fishing-trips—
Builders of life’s companionship!

Toni 4/16/15

#TBT Did someone say it’s Throwback Thursday? Paris-Roubaix is one of the oldest and most prestigious of the bike races, with its 27 cobblestone stretches making it very difficult. (I skipped it this year, but expect my son-in-law to try it one of these days.) The Wall Street Journal brought it up on my radar. It qualifies for #TBT because the cobblestones are ancient and have a scrum of people constantly “fixing” them so as to be sufficiently, er, bumpy?

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Learn how to ride the cobbles (I’m thinking this is a future 420 character 9-liner I could cobble together at some point, dealing with the bumps in life, that sort of thing. Or maybe one on how the work is never done. )

#TBT Did someone say it’s Throwback Thursday? Paris-Roubaix is one of the oldest and most prestigious of the bike races, with its 27 cobblestone stretches making it very difficult. (I skipped it this year, but expect my son-in-law to try it one of these days.) The Wall Street Journal brought it up on my radar. It qualifies for #TBT because the cobblestones are ancient and have a scrum of people constantly “fixing” them so as to be sufficiently, er, bumpy?IMG_8027https://youtu.be/jfr1N2JDaio

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE: AFLOAT

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There is no power greater than grace — it cannot be defeated or crushed — it leaves its indelible mark on all.”
Andrew DeVries Alta in LenoxInnocence, bronze
© 2009 by Andrew DeVries

DeVries Fine Art International, Inc., is in Lenox, MA.

The artist, Andrew DeVries, is totally involved in the bronze process as each work is brought to life by the heat of the furnace and the metal is refined with skill and experience. Astounding. 

See how other WP bloggers interpret ‘afloat’ here.

Toni 4/13/15

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