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Fred Shapiro names year’s top 10 quotes

As 2008 approaches, Fred R. Shapiro, the editor of The Yale Book of Quotations, looked back on all of the quotes, soundbytes, and catchphrases that made an impact in 2007. Now, Shapiro has prepared a top ten list of the most memorable quotes, Reuters reports.

Shapiro’s number one for 2007 was “Don’t tase me, bro!” from University of Florida student Andrew Meyer. According to Reuters, Shapiro sees this quote as “a symbol of pop culture success. Within two days it was one of the most popular phrases on Google and one of the most viewed videos. It also showed up on ringtones and T-shirts.”

Shapiro’s list was also featured on NBC’s TODAY show. On Meyer’s quote, Shapiro told MSNBC, “It’s not Shakespeare, but there is a kind of folk eloquence in that. It wouldn’t be a quote if he didn’t say ‘bro’…. That had just the right rhythm to make it memorable.”

To read Reuter’s article on the entire list, click here. To see TODAY’s segment on it, launch the video found here.

Yale Book of Quotations: Fred R. ShapiroThis reader-friendly quotation book is unique in its focus on modern and American quotations.  It is also the first to use state-of-the-art research methods to capture famous quotations and to trace sources of quotations to their true origins.  It contains more than 12,000 entries not only from literary and historical sources but also from popular culture, sports, computers, politics, law, and the social sciences. With fascinating annotations, extensive cross-references, and a large keyword index, the book is a curious reader’s delight.

Read an excerpt from the book, or listen to an interview with Fred Shapiro on the Yale Press Podcast.

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