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Perry's 'Oops' Among Most Memorable Quotes of 2011

Yale's list made primarily of quotes from politicians

By Elvira Sakmari
|  Monday, Dec 19, 2011  |  Updated 1:17 AM CDT
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Governor Rick Perry's flub during a Nov. 9 debate put him on the list of quotes that will help define 2011.

A Yale University librarian Fred Shapiro released his sixth annual list of the year's most notable quotations on Saturday.

"Oops," Perry's final word when he couldn't remember the third federal agency he would eliminate if he were voted president, put him No. 5 on the top 10 list.

Quotes from politicians or about politics made up the majority of the list.

The late Steve Jobs and actor Charlie Sheen provided the only non-political quotes.

Jobs' last words, "Oh wow, oh wow, oh wow," as relayed by his sister at his funeral ranked No. 8 on the list.

Sheen came in at No. 7 with a quote from an interview with ABC News. "I am on a drug. It’s called 'Charlie Sheen.' It's not available because if you try it once, you will die. Your face will melt off and your children will weep over your exploded body," Sheen said in February.

"We are the 99 percent," the slogan of the Occupy movement ranked first on the list.

Shapiro's list will be incorporated into the next edition of the "Yale Book of Quotations."

More: Yale's List of Year's Most Memorable Quotes

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