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I have sold science fiction, movie reviews, medical nonfiction, restaurant reviews, and screenplays. I edited and co-wrote a chapter on writing science fiction, published in a popular college textbook on fiction writing (The Graceful Lie, edited by Michael Petracca). I created and co-edited UNEARTH, a science fiction magazine devoted exclusively to discovering and publishing new writers, which launched many writing careers (name-drop: William Gibson). I'm a physician, film director, drummer, scuba diver, and golfer.


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comment Can I say “many of the United States”?
I surprised myself by responding mentally to this question with "Sure. Why not?" It didn't sound strange to me at all. And, really, I don't think it is incorrect. But, okay, I accept what seems to be the majority opinion as stated nicely by FF, and further suggest that another good way around the problem would be to use "many states in the U.S."
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comment word to describe a quote often attributed to but not verified to a person
@Jim I suppose, to be fair, I might also suggest allegedly, as in "Einstein allegedly said," and purportedly, and "It is attributed to Einstein," and "one of Einstein's dicta (or dictums) is" -- but none of these exactly fits the slot, n'est pas? I still think apocryphal is the target word.
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comment word to describe a quote often attributed to but not verified to a person
@Jim No, it doesn't fit in the slot. But neither does aphorism. I was merely replacing the suggested word with the word I know he or she is actually seeking, given the state of his or her language skill. To fit something into the slot, however, we might suggest merely "said," and then the quote would be followed by the word "apocryphal" (sans quotation marks) placed in parentheses, thus: Einstein said, "Everybody..." (apocryphal). I believe this would be the generally accepted usage, although I have seen "Einstein apocryphally said." (I cringe at this, and do not recommend it.)
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