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Old 16 August 2012, 11:35 PM
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Reporter Why Misquotations Catch On

In the world of speeches and orations, especially historical ones, the persistent misquotation is understandable. You hear a speech. You misremember or mishear a line as something more colorful than it was. If you're a journalist especially in the pre-recording age, when all notes were taken by hand you might then type that mis-remembrance into an article. Multiple versions circulate. And so on.

But in the modern age, where basically everything is track-downable, what's our excuse? Why do misquotes arise and why are they so persistent and hard to eradicate?
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