The rallying cry of Occupy Wall Street” protesters, ‘We are the 99 percent,” has been named the year’s best quote, according to Yale University librarian Fred Shapiro, who has released a top 10 list of quotes — reaching back to 2006 — that have defined the year.
Other top 10 quotes include Steve Jobs’ last words (Oh wow … ), Rick Perry’s “oops” moment and Charlie Sheen telling ABC News he was on a drug called “Charlie Sheen.”
Here is the complete list of quotes that defined 2011:
1. “We are the 99 percent.” — slogan of the Occupy Wall Street 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 trying 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?”‘ – Former presidential candidate Herman Cain in an Oct. 7 interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network.
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 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, Sharon Bialek.