The story behind the phrase “The Year of Living Dangerously”

Google has a cool tool for researchers of words and phrases (including quotations) called the Ngram Viewer. It graphs the occurrence of a word or phrase in books published between the years 1500 and 2008. If you do an Ngram search for the phrase “the year of living dangerously,” you’ll see a huge, continuing spike … Read more

“I know nothing!” – the memorable catchphrase of a forgotten political party

Many people associate the catchphrase “I know nothing!” with the television character Sergeant Schultz (actor John Banner). It was one of his frequent lines in the 1960s comedy series Hogan’s Heroes, along with “I see nothing.” However, more than a century before Hogan’s Heroes first aired in 1965, the phrase “I know nothing” was popularized … Read more