When Bad Things Happen to Good Proverbs Those old sayings we love to quote often lose precision -- and attribution -- as they enter into common use. Hear NPR's Liane Hansen and Jesse Sheidlower, editor of the North American Editorial Unit of the Oxford English Dictionary.

When Bad Things Happen to Good Proverbs

When Bad Things Happen to Good Proverbs

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Those old sayings we love to quote often lose precision — and attribution — as they enter into common use. Hear NPR's Liane Hansen and Jesse Sheidlower, editor of the North American Editorial Unit of the Oxford English Dictionary.