OSCAR Wilde is the most quotable figure in the history of the English language, according to the latest edition of the 'Oxford Dictionary of Humorous Quotations'.
The list, compiled by broadcaster and author Gyles Brandreth, marks the fifth edition of the dictionary, which includes 5,000 of the most memorable lines written or uttered.
Wilde easily came out on top – with his 92 entries almost double those of his nearest rival, George Bernard Shaw. Noel Coward appears 53 times, while Mark Twain has 43 entries.
Brandreth – who is best known for his appearances on TV quiz show 'Countdown' and his collection of colourful jumpers – said: "These are the people whose lines, written or spoken, have stood the test of time. They are the all-time greats.
"Some are notable for their original humour, some for their pertinent wit and wry observation. What makes them eligible for the dictionary is that what they say raises a smile or a laugh and is memorable, and they manage to do it again and again. These are the most quotable and, in our book, the most quoted."
Brandreth's personal favourite one-liner came from Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, for saying: "My policy on cake is still pro-having it and pro-eating it." (© Daily Telegraph, London)