Word for the Wise September 12, 2006 Broadcast Topic: Words from Charles Dudley Warner
Today we mark the 1829 birth of writer Charles Dudley Warner. Even if you knew Warner was a newspaper editor and published more than a dozen books, we'd guess you'd be hard-pressed to come up with even one of the three phrases associated with him. (来源：老牌的英语学习网站 http://www.EnglishCN.com)
We begin with his pithy four word observation, "Politics makes strange bedfellows," which first appeared in The Hartford Courant and was included in Warner's 1870 book, My Summer in a Garden.
Then, in 1873, Charles Dudley Warner and Mark Twain published a novel of social and political criticism featuring speculators and their greedy schemes in post-Civil War America. Its title, The Gilded Age, lives on as a name for an era of gross materialism and blatant political corruption. Word lovers note with approval the choice of the word gilded over golden. Gilded suggests excess or superficial splendor, a showy imitation of a golden age.
Finally, in 1897, in an unsigned editorial, today's birthday boy wrote a particularly trenchant remark about the way things are. "Everybody talks about the weather," pointed out Warner, "but nobody does anything about it."
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