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.”
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