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Churchillian Drift

The phenomenon by which a saying or axiom is misattributed, typically to a more prominent person (including, but not limited to, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill). Yes, but it's Churchillian Drift because Churchill didn't actually say that. A: "You know that Robert Frost didn't actually say that, right?" B: "Aw man. You mean Churchillian Drift got me again?"
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