My recent posts have been all about colloquialisms and proverbs — those creative additions to the tapestry of thoughts, insights, and cultural input that make up our speech. Axioms, idioms, and maxims encapsulate our beliefs and values and are used to convey traditionally held truths. Because all cultures have memorable and metaphorical sayings, there are a lot absorbed into the English language. That being the case, I’m offering them up in batches.
Today, I’m adding more to the proverbs post. If you’re here for the first time, scroll back to previous posts to find Proverbs and Americanisms, as well as Nautical, Biblical, and Shakespearean colloquialisms. You’re sure to find one or two you’re familiar with.
Failing to plan is planning to fail * Faint heart never won fair lady * Fair exchange is no robbery * Faith will move mountains * Familiarity breeds contempt * Feed a cold and starve a fever * Fight fire with fire * Finders keepers, losers weepers * Fine words butter no parsnips * First come, first served * First impressions are the most lasting * First things first * Fish always stink from the head down * Fish and guests smell after three days * Flattery will get you nowhere * Fools rush in where angels fear to tread * For want of a nail the shoe was lost; for want of a shoe the horse was lost; and for want of a horse the man was lost * Forewarned is forearmed * Forgive and forget * Fortune favors the brave * From the sublime to the ridiculous is only one step * Genius is an infinite capacity for taking pains * Genius is one percent inspiration, ninety-nine percent perspiration * Give a dog a bad name and hang him * Give a man a fish and you will feed him for a day… * Give a man enough rope and he will hang himself * Give credit where credit is due * God helps those who help themselves * Good fences make good neighbors * Good talk saves the food * Good things come to those who wait * Great minds think alike * Half a loaf is better than no bread * Handsome is as handsome does * Hard cases make bad law * Hard work never did anyone any harm * Haste makes waste * He that goes a-borrowing, goes a-sorrowing * He who fights and runs away, may live to fight another day * He who hesitates is lost * He who laughs last laughs longest * He who lives by the sword shall die by the sword * He who pays the piper calls the tune * He who sups with the Devil should have a long spoon * Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned * Hindsight is always twenty-twenty * History repeats itself * Home is where the heart is * Honesty is the best policy * Hope springs eternal * Horses for courses
Some of those are just plain weird.
~ My part is coming June 4th~