What author once wrote the line, “Elementary, my dear Watson”?
“Elementary, my dear Watson“ is one of those phrases that everybody knows was uttered by Sherlock Holmes. Right? Nope! Holmes never said “Elementary, my dear Watson” in any of the original 56 short stories or 4 novels written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The closest he comes is in The Adventure of the Crooked Man when Holmes uses both the word “Elementary” and the phrase, “my dear Watson“, in somewhat close proximity. The two, however, are not said together. So where did the phrase come from? The first recorded use of the phrase was in the 1915 novel, Psmith, Journalist written by P.G. Wodehouse.
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