Ascription is critical: New Swansea stadium sponsors wrongly attribute quote to Dylan Thomas
The new sponsors of Swansea City Stadium have become the latest to incorrectly attribute a famous quote attached to the city to Dylan Thomas.
The website changed the attribution of the quote ‘Ambition is critical’ on its front page from one of its most famous residents, Dylan Thomas, to the rather less-known social worker David Hughes after the blunder was pointed out.
The quote, which is frequently accidentally attributed to the Welsh poet, was embedded in paving slabs outside Swansea train station.
It was made famous by the 1997 film Twin Town in which it is discussed by characters Terry and Greyo.
When Terry asks whether “ambition is f*****g critical”, Greyo responds: “It says ambition is critical. There’s no f*****g in it.”
Someone tell the people at Swansea dot com that Dylan Thomas didn’t write ‘ambition is critical’🤦🏽♀️ pic.twitter.com/3Dkc8gyFxH
— Catrin Newman (@catrinnewman) August 9, 2021
It was announced yesterday that the Liberty Stadium has been renamed the Swansea.com Stadium under a 10 year agreement.
The company aren’t the latest to wrongly attribute the quote to Dylan Thomas. In 2011 Plaid Cymru launched a manifesto titled Ambition is Critical, and made a direct reference to the quote being written by Dylan Thomas.
“As Wales prepares in 2014 to mark a centenary since the birth of Dylan Thomas, his words have been adopted by Plaid as their guiding principle for both the manifesto and the next Welsh government,” it said.
The manifesto was later changed online when the mistake was pointed out.