“Famous last words.” We’ve all heard that phrase before. Our notes say that the phrase refers to something said that proves wrong or inappropriate, or it might be a phrase used to express disbelief, rejection, or self-deprecation. It can also serve as a somewhat ironic reference to the final deathbed utterances of famous people—which are often full of legend and conflicting stories. This is Joseph Wright, who edited the English Dialect Dictionary. It's reported that his last word was, predictably, “Dictionary.” We like that one.