A pub quiz: You are on your honour not to google.
Here are five phrases that are typically quoted today in a way that departs from their original wording. For each misquotation, score 1 point if you can recall the original quote and another point if you can guess the source for the original quote. If you score 7 or more out of a possible 10, I for one will be highly impressed. Answers after the jump.
1. Pride goeth before a fall.
2. Bubble bubble, toil and trouble.
3. Money is the root of all evil.
4. Gild the lily.
5. Water, water everywhere and not a drop to drink.
1. Pride goeth before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall. Source: Proverbs 16:18 (You don’t need the chapter and verse to get the point for guessing the source, but if you said “The Bible” score only 1/4 point, if you guessed the right testament but not the book score only 1/2 point).
2. Double, double toil and trouble. Source: Macbeth. Take 1/2 point if you guessed Shakespeare but could not recall the play.
3. For the love of money is the root of all evil. Source: 1 Timothy 6:10 (Score as question 1).
4. To gild refined gold, to paint the lily. Source: Shakespeare again, this time from King John (Score as question 2).
5. Water, water, everywhere, Nor any drop to drink. Source: Rime of the Ancient Mariner. Score 1/2 point if you guessed Coleridge but couldn’t recall the exact poem.