“Prose = words in their best order; — poetry = the best words in the best order.”

Most of the best-known quotes by the British poet and critic Samuel Taylor Coleridge come from his poems The Rime of the Ancient Mariner (1798) and Kubla Khan (1816). But one of his most famous quotations is not something he wrote. It’s a remark he made in a conversation that was jotted down by his … Read more

The secret behind the famous phrase “the heart is a lonely hunter”…

On June 4, 1940, Houghton Mifflin published the first novel by the American writer Carson McCullers, a sensitive story about misfits and social outcasts in a Southern mill town titled The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter. The success of McCullers’ book made its title a familiar and oft-quoted phrase. The novel was later adapted into … Read more

“Coffee, Tea or Me?” – the catchphrase popularized by a hoax based on a joke…

Back in the 1960s, when air travel was more pleasant and our culture was less politically correct, airline stewardesses were hot – at least in terms of their popular image. Most stewardesses were young and single. In the media, they were often portrayed as both desirable and attainable – as women who liked to fool … Read more