Skip to comments.10 Old Sayings We Need to Bring Back
Posted on 04/10/2013 11:16:03 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows
Before the Internet, we could not use memes of Willy Wonka or a triumphant baby to express ourselves. Instead, we used proverbs: catchy lines that encapsulate universal truths. Some were introduced to the world by witty writers, and some seemed to emerge fully formed into the collective conscious. Many of them are still with us (Im not pulling your leg; More than you can swing a cat at), but many more have fallen out of use over the centuries. Here are 10 that should really be brought back.
Source: Old Italian proverb
Meaning: The man who cant afford expensive entertainments can still conduct the most passionate of orchestrations in his own bed.
Modern Usage: Something charming to say to your girlfriend when youve blown your paycheck on EVE Online Time Codes but are still hoping to get lucky.
Source: How the Good Wife, 1460
Meaning: You can bet youre gonna have to change their diapers, but theres no guarantee theyll stick around to change yours.
Example of Modern Usage: The proper response to anyone who smiles smugly at a childless woman in her mid-thirties, points to their watch and says, tick tick tick!
Source: Notes and Queries, 1864
Meaning: Dirty houses are not sexy.
Example of Modern Usage: Something a wife might say in bed as she shoves a body pillow between her sweat-pant clad body and her husbands. Especially if that husband promised to use the weekend to remove all his old Maxim magazines and dusty weightlifting crap from the guest room, and then didnt.
Source: Alexander Pope, 1729
Meaning: If youre of such low character the best jokes you can come up are throwbacks from the Brady Bunch Variety Hour, there is nothing you wont stoop to.
Example of Modern Usage: You can try to silence Uncle Rons miserable jokes next Thanksgiving with this bon mot but hell probably just answer back with, He who would stun would pee on a socket. And then swipe your wallet.
Source: Wadroephe, 1623
Meaning: This is why we hate politicians. They have to morph to please so many different types of people; they appear dishonest and false.
Example of Modern Usage: Your explanation to your friends for why you voted for Nader. Hes not a friend to anyone who guiltlessly emits carbon, so you know you can trust him!
Source: Nashe, 1594
Meaning: Garlic inflames your lust, lures you to drunkenness, and makes your entire body smell like over-seasoned meat.
Example of Modern Usage: A joyful Best Mans toast at a New Jersey wedding reception. Because cmon, who wouldnt wish for an awesome life of wink and stink for their best friend?
Source: Edgeworth, 1801
Meaning: From your grandma to your girlfriend, all the preceding paragraphs about the health of pets and the obnoxiousness of Cindy from work mean nothing compared to the stuff after the P.S.
Modern Usage Example: No matter how cheerful the email, if its followed by a P.S. that says, Oh by the way I noticed you didnt take the car for an oil change like you said you were going to , this was the purpose of the entire correspondence, and you are in peril.
Source: Heywood, 1546
Meaning: When you dont have a spouse or a kid, you know everything about maintaining a healthy relationship with spouses and kids.
Modern Usage Example: When your single-and-loving it! friend informs you that you really shouldnt yell at your 6 year old for trying to force the dog and cat to kiss, and instead use the positive-reinforcement tactics she recently learned in her Intro to Psych class. Invite her to practice those tactics while you go spend an hour or two at Starbucks. Do not show her where you keep your Xanex. She has a lesson to learn.
Meaning: Oh, I think you know all too well what this means.
Modern Usage Example: Anytime anyone asks you for anything, ever.
Source: Barclay, 1509
Meaning: Even in 1509, when you had to overtake and slay your food before consuming it, overeating was still hardening arteries, enlarging hearts, and filling graveyards.
Modern Usage Example: Thing you say to anyone who presumes to take the last piece of The Colonels fried chicken when it is rightfully yours. Can be accompanied with a friendly jiggle of whichever bit of their body fat you can reach. (We're not responsible for any subsequent injuries.)
SOMEone got a weird book for Christmas, and decided to read it while in the bathroom last night
Hey, they got a publication out of it.
“Any excuse for a tyrant.”
i think you understand the point.
Scorning illegitimacy again would help a lot
Have the Catholic church truly expell apostates
Those two things would help repair America more than anything I can think of
Those that would sup with the devil need a long spoon
FReepers’ taglines are just as good as proverbs.
That line was just plane wrong.
The only sayign we need is “I fart in your geenral direction sir”
You forgot “Your mother was a hamster, and your father smelt of elderberries!”
I see what you did there.
Why don’t we start with “A man is only as good as his word.”
I’m more concerned about the words the younger generation is losing. We need to throw them into your posts now and then.
Cockamamy as in, “It’s a cockamamy university.”
Whippersnapper: as in, “He’s a young whippersnapper.”
Caddywompus: as in, “That table is caddywompus to the wall.”
etc In fact this should have been the post.
In viewing the news of the last few days, I think we should bring back: “Resign and leave, Senator, or we’re going to tar and feather you and ride you out of town on a rail.”
those are really good
I do love that one
He was flat-out angling for a complement..