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The Six-Word Epitaph in Action

Monday, May 26th, 2008

By Rachel

Since we started this project, inspired by a probably-apocryphal six-word Hemingway story, we’ve heard tell of the probably-apocryphal six-word epitaph “I told you I was sick.” It’s a great last-laugh tale, but I for one thought it was just that. No so, proves the equally clever Not Quite contributor Matt “Full life; impossible to summarize in…” Love. He provides photographic evidence:
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12 responses

  1. Henri83 says:

    Hélas pas assez futé, il fut…

  2. sven says:

    1920 2000

    “I poisoned my wife, Justifiably so”

  3. MeGo (Melissa Gould) says:

    She was not alone. Search Google.

  4. Dave says:

    Apocryphal no more.

    British (Irish/Indian) comedy legend Spike Milligan has “I told you I was ill” as an epitaph. It is though in Irish…

    “He had once quipped that he wanted his headstone to bear the words “I told you I was ill.” He was buried at St Thomas’s Church cemetery in Winchelsea, East Sussex, but the Chichester Diocese refused to allow this epitaph. A compromise was reached with the Irish language translation, “Dúirt mé leat go raibh mé breoite”, and additionally in English, “Love, light, peace”.”

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    tests time mashine

  6. Edamommy says:

    Twenty pounds - lost and gained again.

  7. Edamommy says:

    Met online. Married. Baby. Bliss. Blogged.

  8. Ian says:

    Muscle pushes the fat out farther

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    Do you always want to be right or do you want to be happy

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  11. Matt Love says:

    Too bad they couldn’t get this down to 6 words, it’s ace:

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