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“When you catch an adjective, kill it.”

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source: letter to David Watt Bowser, 20 March 1880; Twain letters searchable here via the Mark Twain Project

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“I need an adjective.”

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source: Mad Libs was first conceived in 1953, when Stern was writing a script for The Honeymooners and needed an adjective: “Leonard B. Stern, Creator of Mad Libs, Dies at 88,” by Margalit Fox, The New York Times, June 9, 2011.

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“I have become an adjective. There is something called a ‘Rovian’ style of campaigning, and it’s meant as an insult.”

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source: Courage and Consequence (New York: Threshold Editions, 2010), 64.

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medium: memoir

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