My posts over the last few days (with a break for the Sneak Peek) have been all about colloquialisms and proverbs. If you’re here for the first time, scroll back to previous posts to find Proverbs, Americanisms, Nautical, Biblical, and Shakespearean colloquialisms — all creative additions to the tapestry of thoughts, insights, and cultural input that make up our speech.
Today, I’m adding to the proverbs from yesterday’s post. All cultures have memorable and often metaphorical sayings. These axioms, idioms, maxims, and proverbs encapsulate our beliefs and values and are used to convey traditionally held truths. Because there are so many that have been absorbed into the English language , I’m breaking my posts down to offer a selection a day. You’ll see a few repeats here from my last several posts and you’re sure to find one or two that you’re familiar with.
B & C:
Bad money drives out good * Bad news travels fast * Barking dogs seldom bite * Beauty is in the eye of the beholder * Beauty is only skin deep * Beggars should not be choosers * Behind every great man there’s a great woman * Better late than never * Better safe than sorry * Better the Devil you know than the Devil you don’t * Better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all * Better to light a candle than to curse the darkness * Better to remain silent and be thought a fool that to speak and remove all doubt * Beware of Greeks bearing gifts * Beware the Ides of March * Big fish eat little fish * Birds of a feather flock together * Blood is thicker than water * Boys will be boys * Brevity is the soul of wit * Business before pleasure * Caesar’s wife must be above suspicion * Carpe diem (Seize the day) * Charity begins at home * Cheats never prosper * Children should be seen and not heard * Cleanliness is next to godliness * Clothes make the man * Cold hands, warm heart * Comparisons are odious * Count your blessings * Cowards may die many times before their death * Crime doesn’t pay * Cut your coat to suit your cloth
Last day for the hop over on my satellite blog. I’m sharing bits of my novels and offering prizes.
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