Who said "mistakes were made?"
March 13, 2007 5:10 PM Subscribe
What is the origin of the phrase "mistakes were made" - who said it, and in reference to what?
posted by etoile to writing & language (14 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Many people have said this phrase, from Bush to Kissinger, but who started this use of passive voice? I have seen it attributed to both Nixon and Reagan, but I can't figure out the real history of this.