A New Proverb?
What is a Proverb?
A proverb is a wise saying. It embodies a truth in a few words that everyone can either understand straight away or learn to under stand very quickly. Some examples are: people in glass houses shouldn't throw stones, or don't cross your bridges before you come to them. The glass houses proverb means that you should not criticise others for something you can also be criticised for and the bridges proverb tells us not to worry about something that has not yet happened. Proverbs give us a concrete example of a wisdom that may be a bit abstract to understand without them.
Are There New Proverbs?
All the proverbs seem to be old. Are new ones bejng produced? Many years ago when the phrase "pick the low growing fruit" was being used a lot, a colleague thought of a phrase he wanted to get known. His phrase was "stretching the leotard" . In case anyone does not know what a leotard is, it is a very tight piece of clothing, often worn insports such as gymnastics or yoga, where clothing must not hinder action. But as the leotard is already a tight and close fit, stretching it further than it was designed for could result in tears to the material or some not very pretty sights. I never heard that saying used other than by him.
I was reminded of this just yesterday when my eldest granddaughter produced a pack of playing cards she had been given and wanted to play a game with them. I heard myself saying, "You have to learn the pack before you join the game." And realised that the saying could apply to many situations, especially in work.
Have you ever created a new proverb or heard of one?
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