In Reply to: Not worth the paper it's printed on posted by David FG on March 31, 2009 at 17:51:
: : : I'm wondering where the phrase "It's not worth the paper it's written/printed on" comes from. When did the phrase come into use?
: : It's not worth the paper it's written on. Worthless. "In 1861, Johann Bernhard, Graf von Rechberg (1806-99), in a dispatch concerning the recognition of Italy, wrote: 'Guarantees which are not worth the paper they are written on.' 'Printed' is often substituted for written...'" "Random House Dictionary of Popular Proverbs and Sayings" by Gregory Y. Titelman (Random House, New York, 1996). Page 189.
: : Now. Who said "Oral contracts aren't worth the paper they are written on." Or something like that.
: Isn't that a Goldwynism?
Probably. Someone in the entertainment business.