Month: December 2010

The Word Play of “Notability or Notoriety”

The Word Play of “Notability or Notoriety”

One remark I love to quote but can­not locate is WSC’s self avowed quest for fame by “nota­bil­i­ty or noto­ri­ety.” Great word play. The best I can remem­ber is see­ing it in one of the ear­ly com­pan­ion vol­umes of the offi­cial biog­ra­phy, edit­ed by his son Ran­dolph. —M.W., New Jersey

I have sent this to sev­er­al col­leagues to help fath­om, because I can­not pro­vide you with the ref­er­ence. In search­ing my scanned data, the only instance of “nota­bil­i­ty and noto­ri­ety” (togeth­er) is in Finest Hour 99, p 19 (“Pat­terns in Churchill’s Charmed Life” by Man­fred Wei­d­horn).…

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“Jaw to Jaw” versus “Jaw, Jaw”

“Jaw to Jaw” versus “Jaw, Jaw”

In the fol­low­ing news­pa­per arti­cles from 27 June 1954, Churchill is quot­ed as say­ing “to jaw-jaw is always bet­ter than to war-war”: “Churchill urges Patience in Cop­ing with Red Dan­gers” by W. H. Lawrence, New York Times, p. 1 and “‘Vig­i­lance and Time’ Asked by Churchill by Wal­ter Tro­han, Chica­go Dai­ly Tri­bune, p. 1. —M.D., via email.

From my Defin­i­tive Wit of Win­ston Churchill, page 37:

“Meet­ing jaw to jaw is bet­ter than war.”

–1954 Com­mon­ly mis­quot­ed as ‘Jaw, jaw is bet­ter than war, war,’ an expres­sion coined four years lat­er by Prime Min­is­ter Harold Macmil­lan, on a vis­it to Australia.…

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