Putting on

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4 comments on this post.
  1. Anne:

    I thought it meant putting someone on the wrong scent.

  2. Galen Fott:

    The “Twain” quote is actually from “The Peter Principle”.

  3. M Cosand:

    “Putting on” in my vocabulary has always meant putting on airs. “Stop putting on, we all know the truth.” Is this not a common usage ?

  4. Judi:

    “Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on or by imbeciles who really mean it.”

    ? Laurence J. Peter, The Peter Principle

    funny I came to this site in a search for the origin of this phrase and found you mistakenly attributed the quote to Mark Twain just like the post that started my search. I know that in Mark Twains time the phrase Putting me on or putting us on was not in use. I will search some more scholarly sites for the actual origin.

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