A quote by Ambrose Bierce, an American journalist, and author.
In The Unabridged Devils Dictionary, he wrote:
“Quotation, n: The act of repeating error erroneously the words of another.”
I’m not completely sure, but I think I’m confused. Correct me if I’m wrong, and don’t quote me on this, but this quote about quotes implies either that a quote is repeating someone’s words incorrectly—wouldn’t that be a misquote rather than a quote—or this quote implies that a quote is repeating verbatim someone’s ill stated words?
Let’s analyze a random quote and put said definition by Mr. Bierce to test.
Squidward Tentacles: “Thanks, but no thanks, Major Stupidity! You and General Nonsense over there will have to fight without me!”
This profound quote from the thought provoking cartoon Sponge Bob Square Pants has been painstakingly copied to the letter by me, which disproves the theory that a quote is “repeating erroneously”. Regarding the question of the exactitude of Squidword in his words, unless Major Stupidity and General Nonsense were not the actual names of those he was addressing, there are no “erroneous errors” in this quote. Does this diprove Bierce, or disqualify my quote as a quote?
The Daily Post, January 27, 2016, Daily Prompt: Quote Me~ Do you have a favorite quote that you return to again and again? What is it, and why does it move you?<a href=”https://dailypost.wordpress.com/prompts/quote-me/”>Quote Me</a>