A Nice Derangement of Epitaphs  

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"There, sir, an attack upon my language! what do you think of that?--an aspersion upon my parts of speech! was ever such a brute! Sure, if I reprehend any thing in this world, it is the use of my oracular tongue, and a nice derangement of epitaphs!"--Mrs. Malaprop cited in The Rivals (1775) by Richard Brinsley Sheridan

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"A Nice Derangement of Epitaphs" (1986) is an essay by Donald Davidson.

The title refers to something Mrs Malaprop says in Richard Brinsley Sheridan's 1775 comedy-of-manners The Rivals.

See also

  • Goodman Ace
  • Humpty Dumpty
  • Keith Donnellan, ‘Putting Humpty Dumpty Together Again’, The Philosophical Review, 77 (1968), p. 213. Alfred MacKay’s article, ‘Mr Donnellan and Humpty Dumpty on Referring’, appeared in the same issue of The Philosophical Review, pp. 197–202.
  • James McCawley, ‘Some Ideas Not to Live By’, Die Neuern Sprachen, 75 (1976), p. 157.

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