Phraseology: The Tout asks if phrases provide words of wisdom or are just plain speak disguised in metaphors
The Tout is fascinated by some of the quotes and phrases that we hear and use in our everyday lives and wonders if any of the readers ever consider their use to be valid in the modern world? I believe that they are and in my experience “the early bird always catches more worms” and invariably “mutton is always dressed as lamb” once they realise that “we are born naked and the rest is just a drag show”.
Some view this as wit and wisdom and some view it as claptrap but in my experience so much of it “comes home to roost” every time and sadly most of us have had the opportunity to use some of the sadder expressions such as “only the good die young” and “leopards never change their spots” and these are the ones that come home to haunt us every time.
Below, can we throw open a readers forum and not only collate the top ten oft used phrases but perhaps uncover some of the expressions that are lesser known nowadays but remain equally valid? Two such maybe “that you can take a horse to water but you cannot make it drink” or “it’s better to be talked about than not talked about at all”, for example.
This teaser is purely meant to awaken our minds and see how many known or unknown expressions of common sense are lurking in the minds of the loyal readers of The Steeple Times and can keep our minds warm during this snowy season. The Tout has come to learn that “everything that glistens is not necessarily gold”.