All cultures have memorable and often metaphorical sayings and many have been absorbed into the English language. These axioms, idioms, maxims, and proverbs encapsulate our beliefs and values and are used to convey traditionally held truths. My recent posts (with a break for Sneak Peek Sunday) have been all about colloquialisms and proverbs. This week I’m offering the rest. You’re sure to find one or two proverbs you’re familiar with.
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.
If anything can go wrong, it will * If a job is worth doing it is worth doing well * If at first you don’t succeed try, try and try again * If God had meant us to fly he’d have given us wings * If ifs and ands were pots and pans there’d be no work for tinkers * If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it * If life deals you lemons, make lemonade * If the cap fits, wear it * If the mountain won’t come to Mohammed, then Mohammed must go to the mountain * If the shoe fits, wear it * If wishes were horses, beggars would ride * If you can’t be good, be careful * If you can’t beat em, join em * If you can’t stand the heat get out of the kitchen * If you lie down with dogs, you will get up with fleas * If you pay peanuts, you get monkeys * If you want a thing done well, do it yourself * Ignorance is bliss * Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery * In for a penny, in for a pound * In the kingdom of the blind the one eyed man is king * In the midst of life we are in death * Into every life a little rain must fall * It ain’t over till the fat lady sings * It goes without saying * It is best to be on the safe side * It is better to give than to receive * It is easy to be wise after the event * It never rains but it pours * It takes a thief to catch a thief * It takes all sorts to make a world * It takes one to know one * It takes two to tango * It’s all grist to the mill * It’s an ill wind that blows no one any good * It’s better to give than to receive * It’s better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all * It’s better to light a candle than curse the darkness * It’s better to travel hopefully than to arrive * It’s never too late * It’s no use crying over spilt milk * It’s no use locking the stable door after the horse has bolted * It’s the early bird that catches the worm * It’s the empty can that makes the most noise * It’s the squeaky wheel that gets the grease * Jack of all trades, master of none * Judge not, that ye be not judged * Keep your chin up * Keep your powder dry * You’ll LOVE Reading Rose!
Yeah, I snuck that last one in.
We have an interview with romance cover model John Quinlan. (I hear he has impressive tattoos). Ever wonder how these guys become the cover models that catch our eye on romance novels? It’s a great opportunity to ask questions!
~ Coming tomorrow on my satellite blog ~
As you can see, I’m still tweaking the blog design. I’m really not slow on the uptake, I have blogs of all sorts all over the web. But boy or boy I have a devil of a time working with this blog. Unfortunately, it holds my domain name so I can’t let go of it. Or if I can move on and still keep the name, I haven’t figured out how! One day I’ll figure out how to go about turning this blog into a website. More likely, I’ll find someone who knows how.
WordPress hasn’t been the easiest thing to interpret but I’ve finally figured out how to add pages. It only took a half-dozen templates to find one that fit my vision, however vaguely. Notice the tabs at the very top of the page and my Facebook and Twitter tabs on the sidebar? You wouldn’t believe the pain all that caused me. lol That little bit of new blog design literally took me hours. One day WordPress, either you or I will bend to the other. Soon WordPress, soon…