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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR ANECDOTES

He hated to have to explain the points of his anecdotes, as, indeed, what story-teller does not?

These anecdotes have been related as proof that Dunmore desired Lewis beaten.

Your anecdotes from Ad-Damiry and your quotations from Montaigne shall not help you.

Do you think the porter and the cook have no anecdotes, no experiences, no wonders for you?

His courtesy, his smartness, his anecdotes, his reminiscences were all Boredom.

What anecdotes he had of ministers who had cheated at cards!

Several of the anecdotes, here narrated, were re-produced in that and other collections.

He was full of anecdotes, which I now wish that I had recorded.

Cruikshank was always p. 401inexhaustible in jokes, anecdotes, and reminiscences.

But, unhappily, the anecdotes have generally no proof of their truth.

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 or directly from Greek anekdota "things unpublished," neuter plural of anekdotos, from an- "not" (see an-) + ekdotos "published," from ek- "out" + didonai "to give" (see date (n.1)).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 Anecdota, unpublished memoirs of Emperor Justinian full of court gossip, gave the word a sense of "revelation of secrets," which decayed in English to "brief, amusing stories"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).