I’ve discovered the originator of the term “Churchillian Drift.” It’s Nigel Rees. Also discovered the Double-Tongued Dictionary and Waywordradio on NPR


“Long ago, I coined the term “Churchillian Drift” to describe the process whereby the actual originator of a quotation is often elbowed to one side and replaced by someone more famous. So to Churchill or Napoleon would be ascribed what, actually, a lesser-known political figure had said. The process occurs in all fields.”

(This comes from Nigel’s article “Policing Word Abuse” is in Aug. 13, 2009 Forbes issue.


And a few of Winston Churchill’s greatest words that we KNOW he said because, well, it’s on YouTube!!