G. K. Chesterton shows up in some strange places. This time he was quoted in an article about copywriting by Herschell Gordon Lewis called "Synonyms Ain't Synonymous" (Direct magazine, June 15, 2006). Here's the quote:
"As I recall, it was Gilbert K. Chesterton who said,'When two words have the same meaning, one of them quickly disappears.' (To be fair, he also said, 'The only way to be sure of catching a train is to miss the one before it.')"
When in doubt as to where a quote comes from, guess first the Bible, Shakespeare or Don Quixote. If that doesn't do it, it's probably Chesterton.