'We are the 99 percent' chosen as year's top quote
NEW HAVEN, Conn.—A Yale University librarian says the slogan "We are the 99 percent" by Occupy Wall Street protesters is the year's most notable quote.
Fred Shapiro has released his sixth annual list of the most memorable quotations of the year.
Shapiro picks quotes that are famous, important or revealing of the spirit of the times. The quotes aren't necessarily the most eloquent or admirable.
The "99 percent" slogan stems from a movement against economic disparity and perceived corporate greed. Protests began with Occupy Wall Street in Manhattan in September and spread around the country.
Billionaire investor Warren Buffett made the list for his complaint that he and his rich "have been coddled long enough" by Congress.
Politicians, including former Rep. Anthony Weiner, made their usual strong showing as well.
1. "We are the 99 percent." -- slogan of Occupy movement.
2. "There is nobody in this country who got rich on his own. Nobody. You built a factory out there -- good for you! But I want to be clear. You moved your goods to market on the roads the rest of us paid for. You hired workers the rest of us paid to educate. You were safe in your factory because of police forces and fire forces that the rest of us paid for." -- U.S. Sen. candidate Elizabeth Warren, speaking in Andover, Mass., in August.
3. "My friends and I have been coddled long enough by a billionaire-friendly Congress." -- Billionaire Warren Buffett, in a New York Times op-ed on Aug. 15.
4. "I believe in evolution and trust scientists on global warming. Call me crazy." -- Presidential candidate Jon Huntsman in an Aug. 18 tweet.
5. "Oops." -- Presidential candidate Rick Perry after unsuccessfully attempting to remember the third federal agency he would eliminate during a Nov. 9 debate.
6. "When they ask me, `Who is the president of Ubeki-beki-beki-beki-stan-stan?' I'm going to say, `You know, I don't know. Do you know?'" -- Then-presidential candidate Herman Cain in an interview by Christian Broadcasting Network on Oct. 7.
7. "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." -- Actor Charlie Sheen in a February interview with ABC News.
8. "Oh wow. Oh wow. Oh wow." -- Apple co-founder Steve Jobs' last words on Oct. 5, as reported by his sister Mona Simpson in her eulogy.
9. "I can't say with certitude." -- Then-U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner on June 1 when he was asked whether a lewd photograph was in fact him.
10. "Instead of receiving the help that she had hoped for, Mr. Cain instead decided to provide her with his idea of a stimulus package." -- Lawyer Gloria Allred on Nov. 7 discussing Herman Cain's alleged sexual harassment of her client.