You know that moment when you were a kid and you found out the actual line to the song you’d been singing wrong for…pretty much your entire life? There’s a feeling of betrayal and embarrassment, and a little bit of suspicion that what you’ve learned can’t possibly be correct, right?
Well, buckle up, because I’m betting at least one of the quotes on this list is going to give you the same, unique mixture of emotions if your belly. A couple of them got me!
9. “Please sir, can I have some more?”
It turns out that Dickens’ Oliver Twist wasn’t quite so polite (and given that he’s a street urchin, I find that to be quite believable). What he actually says, despite popular repetition, is “please sir, I want some more.”
8. “All that glitters is not gold.”
The original Shakespeare (Merchant of Venice) quote is “all that glisters is not gold.” Now, I don’t know what that means, and it turns out neither do most people these days. Almost no one says it correctly – which means that, for all intents and purposes, “glitters” is now correct.
I mean, it makes sense.
7. “Beam me up, Scotty.”
Captain Kirk never makes the request (demand) this way in the original Star Trek series. Instead, he most often says, “beam me aboard” (though this link goes into detail about when he comes close to uttering the misquoted phrase throughout the series).
6. “Run, you fools.”
Gandalf actually says (in the book and in the movie, Fellowship of the Ring), “Fly, you fools.”
5. “Toto, I don’t think we’re in Kansas anymore.”
What Dorothy Gale actually says in the iconic Wizard of Oz is “Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.”
4. “Play it again, Sam.”
Despite there being another movie with this title, neither Rick nor Ilsa instructs Sam to play it again in Casablanca. Ilsa says “Play it once, Sam. For old times’ sake.” And later Rick snaps,”If she can stand it, I can. Play it!”
3. “Mirror, Mirror, on the wall. Who’s the fairest of them all?”
Close, but no cigar. She says, “Magic mirror on the wall. Who’s the fairest of them all?”
2. “Luke, I am your father.”
Actually…it’s “No. I am your father.”
I know. It just doesn’t quite roll off the tongue.
1. “Elementary, my dear Watson.”
Sherlock never utters this phrase in any of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s stories starring the incorrigible sleuth. Though Holmes often says “my dear Watson,” he only uses the word “elementary” 7 times in the collected works.
As the clip above illustrates, the facts haven’t stopped Hollywood from canonizing the phrase.
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