Bad news

Posted by R. Berg on March 18, 2003

In Reply to: Bad news posted by Sax on March 18, 2003

: Can you please tell me the origin and/or meaning of the phrase, "Bad news travels fast?" Thank you, much...Saxon

I've heard "Good news travels fast." The saying means that favorable (or unfavorable) information spreads quickly because people readily transmit it in a chain of speakers and listeners.

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