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Have you ever claimed a line or quote as your own?

Asked by DeezerQueue (2017points) March 23rd, 2008

Time to get honest with ourselves. Have you ever used a line or quote, oral or written, obscure or not, and claimed that you first uttered or penned it?

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DeezerQueue's avatar

This question arises out of the question asked by oneye1, over favorite lines.

omfgTALIjustIMDu's avatar

Yep: “Look at me, I’m invisible!” :)

squirbel's avatar

“If it is to be, it is up to me!”

- the ten most powerful two letter words, by squirbel (well, I wish…)

squirbel's avatar

I would think the fear of being found as a fraud is what keeps most from claiming it… Maybe…

P1nk_D3ath's avatar


60% of the time it works every time

scamp's avatar

No. But if they think it’s mine, I might not tell them different!

oneye1's avatar

yes “there is no future in the past”

bulbatron9's avatar

I stole this one from my Dad – “I will hit you so hard, you will hum like a ten-penny finishing nail, hit with a slick ball-peen hammer.” And with forearms as big as your head, he wasn’t playing.

scamp's avatar

Ha ha! My brother used to say I’ll beat your butt like a coconut!

Bsilver's avatar

a friend in high school once said “I’m sweating like a whore in church!” I’ve used it ever since, but never claimed it as my own. Most people don’t ask, but if they do, I give credit where credit is due.

squirbel's avatar

A friend of mine from Alabama would say “as nervous as a long tailed cat in a room of rocking chairs”. I think I’ve pulled off using it once or twice…

cornman's avatar

I heard a good one here on Fluther; “Raining like pouring piss out of a boot.”
I love it.

oneye1's avatar

@squirbel ya I’ve had friends from Alabama with ones I’ve used to like “so crosseyed they can stand in the front yard count chickens in the back yard

bulbatron9's avatar

@cornman Are you referring to this answer “It is raining, like pouring piss out of a boot, in TN. It just hailed for about five minutes. Not very enjoyable weather.”? From the
That is another one of my dad’s, and he would lift his leg behind his back to give it that extra “umph”, as he said it!

bulbatron9's avatar

I just realized that I left something out above “It’s raining like pouring piss out of a boot, onto a flat rock!”

yellowbrat789's avatar

well i dont really claim it as mine. but i use it all the time.
i think its geneous. (or however u spell it!!)

“Close only counts in horse shoes and hand granades”
-said by my 7th grade language arts teacher.

(but i think i’ve heard it somewhere eles. im just saying thats the first place ive heard it)

bulbatron9's avatar

Prior Planning Prevents Piss-Poor Performance!

srmorgan's avatar

of course—
I have used “keep it simple, stupid” dozens of times. Not sure to whom it should be attributed.

Same with “fortune favors the bold” – Virgil

“apples and oranges”

Quotes from Shakespeare,

Our opinions are shaped by others whether we realize it or not and these aphorisms affect our actions more than we might otherwise believe.


glial's avatar

Welcome to the 90s…taken from a friend.

Became much funnier when I started using it after the 90s were over.

Used most often to answer a dumb technology question.

Them: Did you know you can buy music online???
Me: Welcome to the 90s.

boffin's avatar

Yup, I start every Fluther answer with….
“Four score and seven years ago”....
Yeah that was me, I said that….
What someone else says that…..

squirbel's avatar

Who’s on first?

Guney's avatar

No, not that I know of. I random so i usually come up with random quotes such as, “Hmmm, Schnitzel” or when I’m angry “It’s written bitch all over her face !”

Jeruba's avatar

No, I’ve never knowingly claimed someone else’s line as my own. I always attribute quotes. But I have had someone else use mine and then take credit for originality.

aprilsimnel's avatar

I thought that I thought up “the fashion police” in 1992.

I am most likely mistaken.

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