The Book of Snubs

A witty and wide-ranging anthology of snubs of each variety--from literature and from life--most genuine, a couple of apocryphal, all memorable. integrated during this assortment are a few selection put-downs by way of such celebrated earlier masters as William Shakespeare, Woodrow Wilson, Groucho Marx, Mark Twain, Dorothy Parker, and Winston Chruchill.

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In Edinburgh approximately 20 years in the past I received the entire Works of William Makepeace Thackeray in twenty-two volumes (Smith, Elder version, 1867-69, three feet 6 ins), and, later an analogous 12 months, I splashed out at the seventeen volumes of the Oxford English Dictionary (3 feet eight ins together with Supplements). after all, i haven't learn all of Thackeray, not to mention greater than part an inch of the OED, yet i've got dipped greatly into either, and the former's e-book of Snobs helped me in the direction of a name for this little assortment whereas the latter's quantity IX has supplied me with the authoritative definition of what it really is meant to include.

In 1755 his Dictionary of the English Language seemed. This brought on Lord Chesterfield to supply him his patronage. Johnson's letter of refusal has develop into well-known: 'The become aware of that you were happy to take of my labours, had it been early, have been variety; however it has been behind schedule until eventually i'm detached, and can't get pleasure from it; until eventually i'm solitary, and can't impart it; until i'm identified, and don't wish it. ' To all letters soliciting 'his subscription' to whatever, Lord Erskine, the Prince Regent's chancellor, had a standard type of answer, viz: 'Sir, i think a great deal honoured by way of your software to me, and that i beg to subscribe,' - right here the reader needed to flip over the leaf - 'myself your very obedient servant, and so forth.

O.k. then,' acknowledged Bottomley, unabashed, 'tell him it is Mr Bumley to determine him. ' Grace Vanderbilt was once required to offer priority to Nancy Astor at a dinner given by means of President Theodore Roosevelt. To console her Nancy defined: 'Of path, the Astors skinned skunks 100 years ahead of the Vanderbilts labored ferries. ' An acquaintance accosted Asquith's daughter, girl Violet Bonham-Carter, at a reception: 'We went to the Savoy Grill the opposite day for luncheon yet we have been very upset.

There has been a tender guy who was once universally disliked for his pomposity and self-esteem, and whilst the grasp started: 'Mr Wilkins, I examine you the main awesome guy in college', there has been a shudder through the corridor, "... of your year', the grasp persisted (that used to be better), '... who's analyzing for Holy Orders', (there used to be just one other), the corridor erupted in satisfaction. NIGEL NICOLSON The Spectator, February 1994 On a trip to the USA Albert Einstein's spouse was once given a guided journey of the Mt. Wilson Observatory in California.

Notwithstanding, on one celebration he over-stepped the mark and was once despatched clear of court docket for making very own comments concerning the Queen in entrance of an meeting of international dignitaries. ultimately the jester used to be restored to favour and the Queen welcomed him again with the chiding comment: 'Come now, speed, allow us to pay attention not more of our faults. ' 'No certainly Madam,' he spoke back, 'for i personally by no means speak of what's mentioned through the entire global. ' Edward de Vere, Earl of Oxford This Earle of Oxford, making of his low obeisance to Queen Elizabeth, occurred to allow a Fart, at which he used to be so abashed and ashamed that he went to Travell, 7 yeares.

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