Had he been a novelist, rather than a lyricist, Cole Porter might never have made the musical claim that contemporary novelists use only four-letter words in their writings. Whether the assertion is viewed as prevarication or exaggeration, one thing is clear. No known novel, present or past, has the characteristic proclaimed in "Anything Goes."
"Four Byte Word Text News,"
Word Ways: Vol. 19
, Article 4.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.butler.edu/wordways/vol19/iss4/4