Gordon Brown's 'bigotgate' gaffe voted a top quote of the year

Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown's now-infamous aside in which he labelled a voter a bigot just days before the General Election has been picked as one the top quotes of this year.

In the 2010 Yale Book of Quotations, Mr Brown was joined by former-BP chief Tony Haywood who uttered the immortal line: 'I want my life back' at the height of the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster.

'They should never have put me with that woman... She was just a sort of bigoted woman who said she used to be Labour,' Mr Brown said of Gillian Duffy while still wearing a microphone.

Bigot-gate: Then-Prime Minister Gordon Brown talks with Gillian Duffy on April 28, 2010 in Rochdale, England as he campaigned during the general election. He later called her a bigot - not realising that his Sky News microphone was still on

Bigot-gate: Then-Prime Minister Gordon Brown talks with Gillian Duffy on April 28, 2010 in Rochdale, England as he campaigned during the general election. He later called her a bigot - not realising that his Sky News microphone was still on

Horror: The sickening moment that Mr Brown realised his mistake as his own words were read back to him just minutes later on Jeremy Vine's BBC2 show

Horror: The sickening moment that Mr Brown realised his mistake as his own words were read back to him just minutes later on Jeremy Vine's BBC2 show

He was forced into a humiliating apology both through the media and face-to-face, but the error was one of the final nails in Labour's coffin when they failed to win a majority.

Fred Shapiro, a Yale librarian behind the book, said the top quotes stemmed from two of the biggest U.S. news stories of the year, the oil spill and the emergence of the Tea Party movement.

The original Yale Book of Quotations was published in 2006. Since then, Mr Shapiro has released an annual list of the top 10 quotes.

He said they will be incorporated into the next edition of the book.

Mr Shapiro picks quotes that are famous, important or revealing of the spirit of the times.

The quotes aren't necessarily the most eloquent or admirable.

U.S. election candidate Christine O'Donnell's declaration 'I'm not a witch' was picked as the top quote of 2010.

The candidate for Delaware made the statement in a nationally televised ad during her campaign after footage of her discussing her love life with a witch was aired on a political satire show.

But she still had to share her glory: British BP CEO Tony Hayward almost made the top of the list for his 'I'd like my life back' quote in the midst of the Gulf oil spill disaster, according to Mr Shapiro.

'It was such a remarkable unconventional quote to be a part of the political discourse,' he said.

Miss O'Donnell tied for first place with Mr Hayward's lament made in May after the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history.

Well done: Christine O'Donnell in a clip from the TV ad in which she declared: 'I'm not a witch' - the quote that was declared the top quote of 2010

Well done: Christine O'Donnell in a clip from the TV ad in which she declared: 'I'm not a witch' - the quote that was declared the top quote of 2010

'People resented the fact that he was wanting to get back to his yacht races and other aspects of his normal life when those little problems were dwarfed by the magnitude of what people on the Gulf Coast were dealing with,' Mr Shapiro said.

Miss O'Donnell, who lost the Senate race to Democrat Chris Coons, also made the list for questioning, during a debate in October, whether the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution guaranteeing basic freedoms includes the language 'separation of church and state'.

She was not the only Tea Party candidate on the list. Sharron Angle, who lost the Senate race in Nevada to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, also made the list.

'I hope that's not where we're going, but you know, if this Congress keeps going the way it is, people are really looking toward those Second Amendment remedies. They're saying: My goodness, what can we do to turn this country around?' Ms Angle said in January.

The Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution guarantees the right to bear arms.

Republican Sarah Palin's tweet: 'Don't retreat. Instead - reload!' also made the list.

'The quotes become perhaps stronger, harsher, more unconventional every year,' Mr Shapiro said.

On the Democratic side, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi made the list when she spoke in March to the National Association of Counties.

'We have to pass the (health care) bill so you can find out what is in it,' Mrs Pelosi said.

THE TOP TEN QUOTES OF 2010

1. (TIE) 'I'm not a witch.' Christine O'Donnell, television advertisement, October 4.

1. (TIE) 'I'd like my life back.' BP CEO Tony Hayward, comment to reporters, May 30.

3. 'If you touch my junk, I'm gonna have you arrested.' Airline passenger John Tyner, remark to Transportation Security Administration worker at San Diego airport, November 13, 2010.

4. 'Don't retreat. Instead - reload!' Sarah Palin, Tweet, March 23.

5. 'Chi! Chi! Chi! Le! Le! Le! Los mineros de Chile!' Chant at Chilean mine rescue, October 13.

6. 'I hope that's not where we're going, but you know, if this Congress keeps going the way it is, people are really looking toward those Second Amendment remedies. They're saying: My goodness, what can we do to turn this country around?' Sharron Angle, radio interview in January.

7. 'We have to pass the (health care) bill so you can find out what is in it.' Nancy Pelosi, speech to National Association of Counties, March 9.

8. 'I'm going to take my talents to South Beach.' Basketball star LeBron James, announcing his decision to sign with the Miami Heat, July 8.

9. 'You're telling me that the separation of church and state is found in the First Amendment?' Christine O'Donnell, Delaware senatorial debate, October 19.

10. 'They should never have put me with that woman. ... She was just a sort of bigoted woman who said she used to be Labour.' Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown, comments about a voter he met while campaigning for British general election, April 28.

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