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Lord C and Mr Boswell


On Wed Mar 29, ChrÝst§ wrote
>On Wed Mar 29, Max wrote
>>I make no claim as to the TRUE origin of the quote.
>>On a Forum with The OED being referred to daily I wouldn't dare.

The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations includes this quote but only says 'attributed to Lord C'. So no-one has ever found it in his writings or pinned down its first appearance in print. Boswell, 20 years Lord C's junior, may have recorded it as a witty remark of Lord C's that everyone knew and enjoyed.

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