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A Job For Derb?

I don’t know the answer to this reader’s question. But I do know that one of the Klingons accused Captain Kirk of being a tinplated dictator with “delusions of Godhood” in “Trouble with Tribbles,” if that helps. Derb? Anything:

Does anyone know the origin of the phrase “delusions of grandeur”? I always assumed that it was made popular by Han Solo in Return of the Jedi. Certainly it must appear somewhere in literature prior to Jedi. I’ve always wondered, because it seems like everywhere I turn I hear or read this phrase. This isn’t really a serious issue; I just thought you might know the answer, oh Knowledgeable One.

Jonah Goldberg — Jonah Goldberg holds the Asness Chair in Applied Liberty at the American Enterprise Institute and is a senior editor of National Review. His new book, The Suicide of The West, is on sale now.

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