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In fact, a large portion of the whole book was built on that anecdote.

The old man completed this anecdote in tones that were slightly inflamed.

This is, at least, the impression left on us by an anecdote told by Elwin.

"I was in the drawing-room, enjoying my dinner," said Brillat-Savarin, beginning an anecdote.

An anecdote relating to this garrison has been handed down to the present time.

I have often heard him rallied about this anecdote, and have often laughed at it.

This anecdote I have read in Gauvan's own handwriting, in a letter to his sister.

I have this anecdote from an officer who heard her make use of that expression.

Be that as it may, the anecdote is a good one, and "will do to keep."

I didn't want to hear her anecdote, especially as I saw she wanted to tell it.

WORD ORIGIN

1670s, "secret or private stories," from French anecdote (17c.) or directly from Greek anekdota "things unpublished," neuter plural of anekdotos, from an- "not" (see an-) + ekdotos "published," from ek- "out" + didonai "to give" (see date (n.1)).

Procopius' 6c. Anecdota, unpublished memoirs of Emperor Justinian full of court gossip, gave the word a sense of "revelation of secrets," which decayed in English to "brief, amusing stories" (1761).

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