My friend told me a story about Webster, which had been told to him by another friend of him.
The story goes on like:
Noah Webster was a famous scholar and writer, and had many haters, as great men generally have.
One day, he went to a dinner-party. He met one of his rivals there, who wanted to show off his knowledge. The conversation was like:
Rival : Do you know that
sugaris the only word in the English language which begins with
subut has a sound of
Webster: Are you
Well the answer was quite witty, but I smell a rat.
- Do rivals really meet at dinners?
- What kind of rival he was when he didn't know about
My questions are:
- Has anybody heard this story before?
- If not, then what is the word for people who carry on wrong information. I don't want a word for people who generate false information (I guess that would be a
liar), but instead, a word for people who unknowingly carry on the given false information (like my friend).