John Barrette
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July 27, 2013
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Carson Perspective: Take ‘gummit’ stats with a grain of Twain

That Clemens guy, whose time in these parts left an imprint, was a clever prevaricator. No, not Carson City’s Orion Clemens, the first and only secretary of Nevada Territory; we’re talking Sam Clemens, Orion’s younger brother. Samuel prevaricated his way into a boffo writing and lecture circuit career using the nom de plume Mark Twain. Even his pen name was fiction based on fact. Mark Twain was lingo on paddle-wheel river boats used to call out depths of the muddy Mississippi, which is where young Sam worked as a sternwheeler pilot before coming west. Twain later attributed the phrase “lies, …

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