I recently started reading an excellent biography*: 1973's Plain Speaking: An Oral Biography of Harry S. Truman. It has an explanation at the beginning that I love:

"The diligent reader will note that sometimes Mr. Truman is quoted as saying "fella" and sometimes "fellow," that sometimes he confuses "like" and "as" and sometimes does not, and that while he usually has "dinner" at twelve noon, he occasionally has "lunch" at that hour. There are other inconsistencies. Mr. Truman talked that way, inconsistently, like the rest of us.

He was a self-educated man, and he mispronounced a reasonable number of words, which in the beginning puzzled me. Then I realized that while he had often read them, he had seldom, if ever, spoken them aloud, not even in many cases heard them spoken aloud. It's like that if you're one of the few readers in town."

Love. Rigid attention to exact detail does not necessarily - or usually - equal truth. Also, the reason why fiction has a lot to teach us about the human experience, but that's another topic Happy President's Day!

*thank you, not-on-FB friend Dan, for both the recommendation and the book itself

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