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Best Quotes of 2007
The Best Quotes and Catchphrases of 2007
What were the best quotes of 2007? It used to be that famous quotes came from the speeches and writings of famous politicians and thinkers. But thanks to the internet and viral video, even obscure people can get their 15 minutes of fame, and contribute a quote or catchphrase that seems to be on everyone's lips.
In the late 1980's, the most overused quote was "Where's the Beef?!" thanks to a rather annoying burger commercial. Later, the much parodied "Help, I've fallen and I can't get up!" earned similar popularity.
According to Frank Shapiro, editor of the Yale Book of Quotations, the most memorable quote of 2007 was "Don't Tase Me, Bro," which was the last thing a protester at a John Kerry speech said before, of course, being tasered.
The Top Quotations of 2007
According to Shapiro,some of the the top quotes of 2007 were as follows:
- "Don't Tase Me, Bro,"
- Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's apparently sincere statement that "In Iran we don't have homosexuals like in your country.
- Miss Teen South Carolina's painful answer to a question: "I personally believe that U.S. Americans are unable to do so because some people out there in our nation don't have maps and I believe that our education like such as in South Africa and Iraq and everywhere like such as and I believe that they should our education over here in the U.S. should help the U.S. or should help South Africa and should help Iraq and the Asian countries so we will be able to build up our future for us." Huh?
Of course, not everyone agrees on the best quotes of 2007. According to Salon.com, one of the best quotes was Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen's assertion that it is better not to find out about government corruption and misdeeds because: "As with sex or real estate, it is best to keep the lights off." How true.
If there is such a thing as the Best Quotes of 2007 then it follows that there must also be the worst quotes of the year. The Right Wing News has published its list of the 40 most obnoxious quotes of 2007. At the top of its list was Republican Senator Larry Craig's explanation of why his behaviour in a men's bathroom had been misinterpreted by the undercover officer who arrested him: "(I have) a wide stance when going to the bathroom." Yuk! That's more than I want to know.