Keith R.A. DeCandido (kradical) wrote,
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Schott's Miscellany 18 August 2009

Lolita, by Vladimir Nabokov, was first published in America (1958)


THE BUCK STOPS HERE

President Truman had a famous sign on his Oval Office desk that declared "The Buck Stops Here." The phrase originates in poker, where the buck is a marker thatr indicates the dealer. To pass the buck is to transfer the job of dealing and, by extension, to shift responsibility or blame. Of course, since buck has been slang for the dollar since the 1850s, it is likely that Truman was also alluding to the economic element of his political responsibility.


Keep your eyes wide open before marriage, half shut afterwards.
Benjamin Franklin (1706-90)
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