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Proverbs' game - Tell me that in simple words.

 
 
Francis
 
Reply Sun 2 Dec, 2007 09:49 am
I was reading some book when it came to mind that we could play a proverbs' game.

Well, not in the usual way but writing a common proverb in sesquipedalian words.

When one player find the common answer, and this answer is acknowledged by the poster, he writes another proverb.


Example:

- It is futile to attempt to indoctrinate a superannuated canine with innovative maneuvers.

Answer: You can't teach an old dog new tricks.
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Francis
 
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Reply Sun 2 Dec, 2007 09:50 am
Ok, let's give it a try:


- Pulchritude reposes within the optic parameters of the perceiver?
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spendius
 
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Reply Sun 2 Dec, 2007 10:22 am
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. (Too easy).

When one is in coversational intercourse with a person of limited perspicacity it is generally held that it is unadvantageous to enlighten the person of the second part as to the real nature of the events under discussion.
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Francis
 
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Reply Mon 3 Dec, 2007 10:22 am
Well, Spendi, your description is pretty explicit but I cannot make a proverb out of it : when talking to a fool, it's useless to show him the bone marrow of the subject..

Is it common?
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spendius
 
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Reply Tue 4 Dec, 2007 07:19 am
Never smarten up a chump.

Never give a sucker an even break.

W.C. Fields.

Your turn.
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Francis
 
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Reply Tue 4 Dec, 2007 02:02 pm
- Individuals who make their abode in vitreous edifices of patent frangibility are advised to refrain from catapulting petrous projectiles.
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Letty
 
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Reply Tue 4 Dec, 2007 02:31 pm
People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones.

Do not enumerate fowls prior to pipping.
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Francis
 
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Reply Tue 4 Dec, 2007 02:41 pm
Kill first, ask questions later?
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Letty
 
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Reply Tue 4 Dec, 2007 02:50 pm
Nope. Think "shell", Francis.
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Francis
 
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Reply Tue 4 Dec, 2007 02:59 pm
Ok.

- don't count your chicken before they are hatched.
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Letty
 
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Reply Tue 4 Dec, 2007 03:05 pm
Right! Your turn.
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Francis
 
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Reply Tue 4 Dec, 2007 03:12 pm
- Although it is within the realm of possibility to escort equus caballus to a location providing a potable mixture of hydrogen and oxygen, one cannot coerce said mammal to imbibe.
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spendius
 
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Reply Tue 4 Dec, 2007 07:08 pm
A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.
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spendius
 
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Reply Tue 4 Dec, 2007 07:10 pm
You can lead a horse to water but you can't make it drink.
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Francis
 
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Reply Wed 5 Dec, 2007 02:42 am
Right, Spendi! Post another one..
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spendius
 
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Reply Wed 5 Dec, 2007 07:06 am
I don't think water is a mixture of hydrogen and oxygen. If it was I can't see it being much use for putting fires out.

It is better to deal with a problem when it first appears than to allow it to develop to a point where correction requires a great deal of effort.
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Francis
 
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Reply Wed 5 Dec, 2007 07:14 am
spendius wrote:
I don't think water is a mixture of hydrogen and oxygen.


Nitpicker! Whether or not a chemical assembly of two components is a mixture, it doesn't prevent your logical thinking from finding the proverb..
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Letty
 
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Reply Wed 5 Dec, 2007 08:18 am
Hey! This is a fun thread. Don't let it die.

Spendius, is your adage, "Don't put off til tomorrow what should be done today?"
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spendius
 
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Reply Wed 5 Dec, 2007 08:22 am
Francis-- imagine Laurel and Hardy. Stan is the scientist and Ollie, a typical Englishman, is his assisstant. The water has been turned off due to a burst mains which is being mended outside the window by two workmen with drills and compressors.

A fire starts in the corner and there's no water to put it out. Ollie, having read your post, has a flash of brilliance and connects an oxygen cylinder and a hydrogen cylinder together, adjusts the outflows to 2 to 1 and, smiling with self satisfaction hands the nozzle to the fat American.

You see, I hope, why it might be useful to correct mistakes which could, theoratically, lead to such consequences.
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spendius
 
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Reply Wed 5 Dec, 2007 08:30 am
Letty dear-

You know I have a soft spot for you because you were the first to greet me when I embarked on this foolish project. We had a bit of a josh eh?

To answer your question I favour putting off till tomorrow what could be done today except where circumstances insist otherwise such as those which, sometimes without warning, occur in the digestive tract or on the epidermis.
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