An entertaining and often oral account of a real or fictitious occurrence
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I'd like, if I may, to relate a small anecdote.
The following anecdote may illustrate this.
But the flood of anecdote and criticism overflowed the narrow channel.
on the strength of a legendary anecdote related by the monk of St Gall.
He was a charming talker, with a gay humour and a quiet sarcasm and a telling use of anecdote for argument.