I can hardly help laughing at this myself; for, Se non e vero, ben trovato!
Of this it must be admitted, that "se non e vero, e ben trovato."
To my amazement, the odd old fish across from me boomed out with equal violence: “ben trovato!”
That story, ben trovato but not vero, rests on a forgery by the Regent!
I think this is non ver e ben trovato, as I have no recollection of it.
Such is the story as it is told, and I can only add, that si non vero, ben trovato.
For him a ben trovato was as good matter as a truth, or better.
The Englishman got up and shook hands with the Swede: si non vero, said he, ben trovato.
Se non vero, ben trovato—If it is not true, it is cleverly invented.
"Se non vero ben trovato," is his motto, and in his heart the sensation-monger—of whatsoever age—rather hopes the thing be true.