Five Wedding Toasts to Reconsider

April 10, 2015 5:27 PM

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Five Wedding Toasts to Reconsider

The fact that the U.S. post office just issued a Maya Angelou stamp with a quote on it that isn't hers has occasioned not a few remarks. The great poet did of course title her memoir I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, but it was Joan Walsh Anglund, a children's author, who apparently wrote, "A bird doesn't sing because he has an answer, it sings because he has a song."

The misquote provoked a lot of gotchas, an announcement of a discontinuation by the U.S. Postal Service, and a lovely New York Times op-ed piece by founder Erin McKean, who cites the misquote as an example of "Churchillian Drift," the phenomenon whereby pithy sayings are mistakenly attri...

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