Proverb

October 2, 2011 § Leave a comment

Proverbs are very wise creatures. They are distant relatives of Aphorisms and Metaphors. They are a mixed breed and can relate and adapt to any environment or situation quickly. They freely offer advice based on centuries of worldly experience (their average lifespan is 400 years). Even if you decide to go against the advice of a Proverb it is considered good manners to thank them for their time and consideration of your situation. They are a bit of a puzzle to the other beasts as to how they fit in. Edward Lear wrote about the predicament with a Proverb who called himself…

“Tell us all about yourself we pray- / For as yet we can’t make out in the least / If you’re Fish or Insect, or Bird or Beast.”/ The Scroobious Pip looked vaguely round /And sang these words with a rumbling sound- / Chippetty Flip; Flippetty Chip;- / My only name is the Scroobious Pip.”

 

1. A short popular saying, usually of unknown and ancient origin, that expresses effectively some commonplace truth or useful thought.
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