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Familiar Misquotes Series IV

Language brain teasers are those that involve the English language. You need to think about and manipulate words and letters.

 

Puzzle ID:#34483
Fun:*** (2.92)
Difficulty:*** (2.21)
Category:Language
Submitted By:aresII*us******
Corrected By:aresII

 

 

 



Whenever a phrase or sentence becomes part of the common language, there is a strong possibility that it will be quoted inaccurately.

Over the course of time, a letter gets shifted or a word is changed and forevermore the quotation becomes a cliche that nobody ever gets quite right.

Try to complete each proverbial cliche:

1.) " I only regret that I have but one life to ______ for my country." - Nathan Hale

2.) "Ask me no questions, and I'll tell you no ______ ."

3.) "Music hath charms to soothe ______ ." - William Congreve


Answer

1.) lose

2.) fibs

3.) a savage breast

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Comments

SunroseAus*
Dec 20, 2006

Enjoyed this one. This is a very good series!
cuteandditzyAus*
Dec 20, 2006

Its amazing to see how things change as time goes on.
GebbieRoseAus*
Jan 02, 2007

Excellent! Much prefer this original version of Nathan Hale's famous quote.
i_luv_2_readAus*
Jan 22, 2007

i'm confused, are the answers the originals or the misquoted versions?
Rach_*
Jan 22, 2007

Those are the true answers, they became more commonly known and used as 'music soothes the savage beast' for example.
khedronAus*
Jan 22, 2007

Cool, interesting teaser, although it seems to me that it would fit better in the trivia category than language.
anion*
Jan 22, 2007

I got them all wrong. I did, however, get all the misquotes correct. Very interesting!! I enjoyed it and learned something. Good teaser.
marschie*il*
Jan 22, 2007

I'm also confused! Are the given answers what was said by Nathan Hale, ..., and William Congreve?
katjojoAus*
Jan 22, 2007

I know all the misquotes. I just didn't realize they were misquotes. I like this one, I learned something that I did not know. Thanks!!
theadamsaiga
Jan 22, 2007

Whoa! That was really good. Nice Job!! I was so used to hearing the wrong one I had no idea!!
bradon182001*us*
Jan 22, 2007

Like everyone else I misquoted 2 of them, did get #3 tho. For some reason I learned that one correctly. Good lesson for the day for everyone.
coachpisco*
Jan 22, 2007

I never knew that. Thanks for the history lesson.
doeheadAus*
Jan 22, 2007

Wake up and smell the roses.Oops thats as old as the teaser,
Pizzazz2uAus*
Jan 22, 2007

My only out was that I wasn't too certain until I checked for the correct quotes, before grading the teaser. A Totlly Outstanding teaser! Keep up the magnificent work and bring on more!
campfirecutieAus*
Jan 22, 2007

Very enjoyable teaser! I got 2 out of 3, guess I should have had my coffee first!!
ARBYSGIRL
Jan 22, 2007

I thought I knew the answers to these, glad to find out the real answers thanks
FatHeadAus*
Jan 22, 2007

I've actually heard these before, or I would've missed, not one, but all three.
BeaverFanAus*
Jan 22, 2007

Well, I got all three wrong, but I had the right misquotes I'm a little confused by the last one though, I've seen savage beasts, but I've never seen a savage breast
vanoosha*ca
Jan 22, 2007

Yeah, I had no idea about the misquotes. You learn something new everyday!
I_Write_Books*
Jan 22, 2007

There is no denying it! Misquotes are heard more frequently than the true quotes! Excellent teaser!
amb1912
Jan 22, 2007

i was confuesed too. i liked the idea of the teaser but i was still confuesed. i read the answer and i never knew i was saying them wrong u learn somethin new everyday!
breathesunshineAus*
Jan 22, 2007

I had to 'give' 'lies' to the 'savage beast' when I answered and therefore got them all wrong! It's always interesting to see how our language has changed with the times. Fun.
jabdrAus*
Jan 22, 2007

Got me - got me- got me. I ended up feeling 'duh'.
aresII*us*
Jan 22, 2007

Thank you all for your comments.
wandering_goat*
Jan 22, 2007

Very interesting! I knew all of those quotes, but as the teaser stated, with a wrong word or two in them. I had no idea they were wrong too!
iteachkidsAus*
Jan 22, 2007

Your "misquote" is actually a correct quote. Nathan Hale did say "lose."
There are several reliable websites that share this quote, one of which is Bartleby's Quotations -
http://www.bartleby.com/59/11/ionlyregrett.html.

"I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country..." Words spoken by the patriot Nathan Hale, who was executed as a spy by the British in 1776.
lmurray*cn*
Jan 22, 2007

CORRECTING MISTAKES IS ALWAYS A GOOD THING.

I'M SURE AS CAN BE SEEN BY THE COMMENTS, YOU ENLIGHTENED MANY PEOPLE.

THERE ARE NO ACTUAL FIRST-HAND ACCOUNTS OF HALE'S SPEECH (AT THE GALOWS)

HALE MAY INFACT BEEN PARAPHRASING JOSEPH ADDISON'S 1713 PLAY CATCO.

I SUBMIT THE FOLLOWING FOR CONSIDERATION.

How beautiful is death, when earn'd by virtue!
Who would not be that youth? What pity is it
That we can die but once to serve our country.

ENJOY!
vlermaAus*
Jan 23, 2007

Nice follow up Imurray. And neat teaser. I guess I have been saying them wrong all these years too.
(user deleted)
Jan 23, 2007

I believe you were trying to quote the correct answers. However, I don't think you meant to say that music tames a savage "BREAST".

I wonder what a savage breast would even look like.
khedronAus*
Jan 23, 2007

"Savage breast" is correct. Breast as in heart, not boob.

"breast /brɛst/ Pronunciation Key - Show Spelled Pronunciation[brest] Pronunciation Key - Show IPA Pronunciation
–noun
[...]
5. the bosom conceived of as the center of emotion: What anger lay in his breast when he made that speech?"

-Dictionary.com
ejhops*ca*
Jan 24, 2007

Oh thank you for posting this teaser! Misquotes bother me endlessly; it is soo nice to see someone that notices it as well. Great!
QrystalAca*
Jan 25, 2007

AWESOME!!! It's amazing to actually love a teaser where I got none of them right! I guess it's because I love to learn!!

Kudos to you for bringing these into the light!
scallioAus*
Jan 25, 2007

Oh my! I had them all wrong. How nice to have the correct quotes.
And what lovely quotes you selected. Thanks!
emu77alu02us*
Feb 08, 2010

It's probably a good thing that the last one somehow became "beast" instead of "breast." It just doesn't seem to have the same connotations nowadays
TallTimberAus**
Feb 08, 2010

Nice teaser.
jaycr*us*
Feb 08, 2013

Not a bad teaser, got two of them right.
cutebugAus**
Feb 08, 2013

A friend in need is a friend indeed?
bestgirl*
Feb 08, 2013

Ask me no questions and I'll tell you no FIBS. I laughed out loud at this. It may be correct, but is sure loses something. Think I'll stick with lies.
spikethru4*au*
Feb 10, 2013

Are they really misquotes if the actual meaning is unchanged? OK, the words may not be exactly the same, but there is no real difference between using "fibs" and "lies", or "give" and "lose". Breast/beast, on the other hand, is a good example where the meaning of the phrase is altered.



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