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Keyes, Ralph

Overview
Works: 35 works in 110 publications in 5 languages and 7,288 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Terms and phrases  Quotations  Case studies  History 
Roles: Author
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Most widely held works by Ralph Keyes
I love it when you talk retro : hoochie coochie, double whammy, drop a dime, and the forgotten origins of American speech by Ralph Keyes( Book )

9 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 790 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Discusses those "verbal fossils" that remain embedded in our national conversation long after the topic they refer to has galloped off into the sunset. Mrs. Robinson, Edsel, "Catch-22", Gangbusters, "Alphonse and Gaston", or "Where's the beef?" are just a few of the "retroterms" that can be found in this word-lover's store of trivia and obscure references
Chancing it : why we take risks by Ralph Keyes( Book )

7 editions published between 1985 and 2002 in English and Undetermined and held by 649 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The courage to write : how writers transcend fear by Ralph Keyes( Book )

6 editions published between 1995 and 2013 in English and held by 600 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Author discusses the need for courage when beginning a writing career and teaches how to overcome fears writers experience through use of workshops, conferences, and advice from successful authors
Is there life after high school? by Ralph Keyes( Book )

3 editions published between 1976 and 1977 in English and held by 585 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The post-truth era : dishonesty and deception in contemporary life by Ralph Keyes( Book )

8 editions published between 2004 and 2018 in English and Polish and held by 582 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Research suggests that the average American tells multiple lies on a daily basis, often for no good reason. Not a finger-wagging scolding, The Post-Truth Era is a combination of Ralph Keyes's investigative journalism and solid science. The result is a spirited exploration of why we lie about practically everything and the consequences such casual dishonesty has on society."--Jacket
We, the lonely people; searching for community by Ralph Keyes( Book )

5 editions published in 1973 in English and held by 558 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Nice guys finish seventh" : false phrases, spurious sayings, and familiar misquotations by Ralph Keyes( Book )

4 editions published between 1992 and 1993 in English and held by 498 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Leo Durocher is best remembered for saying, "Nice guys finish last." He never said it. What the Brooklyn Dodgers' manager did say, before a 1946 game with the New York Giants, was: "The nice guys are all over there. In seventh place." Durocher's words lacked pop. Sportswriters perked them up, and gave America one of its most familiar misquotations. Ralph Keyes points out in "Nice Guys Finish Seventh" that many of our best-known sayings, phrases, and quotations are inaccurate, misattributed, or both. During two decades of research, he discovered that: "Any man who hates dogs and children can't be all bad" was said about W.C. Fields, not by him; "Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing" was the slogan of UCLA coach Red Sanders, not Vince Lombardi; "The opera ain't over 'til the fat lady sings" was adapted from an old saying: "Church ain't out 'til the fat lady sings"; and Winston Churchill did not originate the phrase "iron curtain," and never said, "blood, sweat and tears." Hundreds of such examples illustrate Keyes's Immutable Law of Misquotation: Misquotes drive out real quotes. "Certain things demand to be said," he writes, "said in a certain way, and by the right person. Whether such comments are accurate is beside the point." Keyes confirms that William Tecumseh Sherman didn't say, "War is hell." Nor did he vow, "If nominated, I will not run. If elected, I will not serve." According to Keyes, such words voice observations we want made. Freud may never have said, "Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar," for example, but we certainly wish he had. For a misquote to become familiar it must come from a well-known mouth. Take "You can't trust anyone over thirty." Abbie Hoffman, right? Or was it Jerry Rubin? Mario Salvo? Mark Rudd? All have been given credit for this sixties catchphrase. Keyes discovered that its real originator was a student named Jack Weinberg. Remember him? Few do. That's why Weinberg's words were assigned to better-known mouths. Keyes calls this "the flypaper effect." Orphan quotes or comments by unknowns routinely stick to a Churchill, a Lincoln, or a Twain. Other syndromes Keyes discusses include bumper-stickering (condensing a long comment to make it more quotable), lip-syncing (mouthing someone else's words as if they were your own), and retroquoting (putting words in the mouths of famous dead people). Separate chapters focus on misquotes in history, politics, show business, sports, literature, and academia. "Nice Guys Finish Seventh" is a pleasure to read. It's also a first-rate argument-settler. By exhaustively researching the true origins of famous sayings, Ralph Keyes has produced a provocative, authoritative guide to who actually said what."--Jacket flap
The quote verifier : who said what, where, and when by Ralph Keyes( Book )

6 editions published between 2006 and 2013 in English and held by 489 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Investigates the origins and accuracy of hundreds of familiar quotations, arranged alphabetically by key word
Euphemania : our love affair with euphemisms by Ralph Keyes( Book )

5 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 485 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Identifies the sources of common euphemisms while tracing their historical applications as religious anti-blasphemy tools, demonstrations of gentility, and modern forms of commercial and political doublespeak
Whoever makes the most mistakes wins : the paradox of innovation by Richard Evans Farson( Book )

6 editions published between 2002 and 2003 in English and Japanese and held by 345 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Success in today's business economy demands nonstop innovation. But fancy buzzwords, facile lip service, and simplistic formulas are not the answer. Only an entirely new mindset - a new attitude toward success and failure - can transform managers' thinking, according to Richard Farson, author of the bestseller Management of the Absurd, and Ralph Keyes, author of the pathbreaking Changing it: Why We Take Risks, in this provocative new work."--Jacket
Sons on fathers : a book of men's writing( Book )

5 editions published between 1992 and 1993 in English and held by 314 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Most men have intense feelings about their fathers. Yet these feelings seldom get expressed. In Sons on Fathers they do. This collection explores the powerful reactions sons have toward fathers from the time they call him "Daddy," through the "my old man" period, adult reconciliation, and years of reflection following his death
The writer's book of hope : getting from frustration to publication by Ralph Keyes( Book )

2 editions published between 2003 and 2013 in English and held by 263 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The author and journalist offers his best advice and encouragement, helping writers find the courage and dedication they need to continue to write despite the obstacles to success
The wit & wisdom of Harry Truman by Harry S Truman( Book )

6 editions published between 1995 and 2012 in English and held by 262 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The words of a politician who knew his own mind and wasn't afraid to speak it, this volume truly captures the sprit of "Give 'em Hell" Harry, with the excerpts of letters, speeches, diary entries, even anecdotes that reveal this special man and his time." --
The height of your life by Ralph Keyes( Book )

4 editions published between 1980 and 1982 in English and held by 252 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Timelock : how life got so hectic and what you can do about it by Ralph Keyes( Book )

2 editions published between 1991 and 1993 in English and held by 195 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"When traffic gets so congested that it can no longer move, engineers say it has reached a state of 'gridlock.' According to Ralph Keyes, many of us are in a state of 'timelock.' This is the condition that occurs when claims on our time grow so demanding that we find it impossible to wring one more second out of a crowded calendar. In this informative and entertaining book, which is filled with real-life examples, Keyes explains how we got ourselves into this position. He considers the 'vanishing pause, ' 'speed inflation, ' and 'the convenience catch.' Paradoxically, Keyes says, a key source of timelock are the very tools we've adopted to save time: computers, faxes, microwave ovens. Keyes doesn't just assess the sources of timelock but suggests how we can get out from under its pressure."--
Unmentionables : from family jewels to friendly fire - what we say instead of what we mean by Ralph Keyes( Book )

3 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 113 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A witty and comprehensive exploration of euphemestic language and what our euphemisms reveal about us
The wit & wisdom of Oscar Wilde : a treasury of quotations, anecdotes, and observations by Oscar Wilde( Book )

2 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 106 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The wit & wisdom of Oscar Wilde : a treasury of quotations, anecdotes, and repartee by Oscar Wilde( Book )

1 edition published in 1996 in English and held by 101 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

El líder tolerante con el fracaso by Richard Evans Farson( )

4 editions published between 2000 and 2004 in Spanish and held by 34 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fan cuo zui duo di shi zui hou ying jia : zui dong ren de cheng gong wang wang zai shi bai bian yuan ni zhuan by Richard Evans Farson( Book )

2 editions published in 2003 in Chinese and held by 29 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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I love it when you talk retro : hoochie coochie, double whammy, drop a dime, and the forgotten origins of American speech
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The courage to write : how writers transcend fearThe post-truth era : dishonesty and deception in contemporary lifeThe quote verifier : who said what, where, and whenEuphemania : our love affair with euphemismsWhoever makes the most mistakes wins : the paradox of innovationThe writer's book of hope : getting from frustration to publicationThe wit & wisdom of Harry TrumanUnmentionables : from family jewels to friendly fire - what we say instead of what we mean
Alternative Names
Keyes, Ralph, 1945-

Ralph Keyes American writer

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