Saturday, March 24, 2007

Idiotic, Yet Technically Not Misquoted!

"A cynic is a man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing."
Oscar Wilde

Infuriate skeptics of all kinds!* Wilde wrote it all right (more or less). So what's wrong? Nothing ... unless you happen to remember that Wilde himself scored an 800 on the Cynicism section of the SATs. So of course the line above was spoken by a character in one of Wilde's plays. (Lord Darlington (incidentally modeled after the inventor of the Darlington transistor) in Lady Windemere's Fan.)

Our overall vision is to position Project WANNABE as the go-to resource on the internet for disinformation about our literary traditions. Watch this space!

*This quotation has become a cult favorite around the Project WANNABE offices, at least up here on the eleventh floor.


Blogger HA HA HA said...

wild was a avad folwoar of teh field of steampoward solidstate electororniccs as evary schooodlboy knowos.

8:16 PM  
Blogger Project WANNABE said...

Right, he was a Telharmonium geek! I was reading about this 1900-era mechanical musical instrument that weighed about 200 tons. It delivered its output via telephone, apparently originating the popular phrase.

5:16 AM  

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