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  • Celebrity sayings make it into the Oxford Dictionary of Modern Quotations

    Several celebrity phrases have made it into the Oxford Dictionary of Modern Quotations.

    There are 75 new entries from sportsmen, politicians and philosophers.

    Brian Eno of Roxy Music has entered the renowned dictionary with his saying: ‘Hardly anyone bought the Velvets’ albums when they were originally released, but everyone who did formed a band.’

    Whilst actress Dawn French got into the newly published book with her comical comment: ‘If I were alive in Rubens’s time, I’d be celebrated as a model and Kate Moss would be used as a paint brush.’

    Actor and presenter Stephen Fry’s entry reads: ‘The email of the species is deadlier than the mail.’

    And Simpsons creator Matt Groening had two entries thanks to his character Homer. The first reads: ‘You tried your best, and you failed miserably. The lesson is, never try.’

    And the second: ‘Kids are the best. You can teach them to hate the things you hate. And they practically raise themselves, what with the internet and all.’

    An array of entertainment industry stars made it into the dictionary including Elton John with his comment: ‘An overview of my career is usually glasses, homosexuality, Watford Football Club, tantrums, flowers. But the music was pretty phenomenal.’

    Both comedian Peter Kay and Matt Lucas had entries. Kay’s reads: ‘Garlic bread – it’s the future. I’ve tasted it.’ Whilst Matt Lucas’ favourite character Vicky Pollard’s well-known phrase ‘Yeah but no but yeah’.

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