My salad dressing days

A message from the Ol’ Rooster
February 2, 2006, 2:08 pm
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If, like Whitney, you believe the children are our future and that we should teach them well and let them lead the way, then you need to get with the Ol’ Rooster’s new year campaign: Complete Your Proverbs (CYP)!

The wise folk at Wikipedia describe a proverb as “a pithy saying which gained credence through widespread or frequent use”.

A CYP-sponsored, multi-agency, country-wide study found that only 3% of adults are completing their proverbs, whilst all the other slackers are just muttering the first few words, potentially befuddling a whole generation.

Consider just how often have you heard…

‘Well you know what they say…too many cooks!’
‘A stitch in time and all that!’
‘Birds of a feather!’

And already we are beginning to hear further troubling abbreviations (‘His bark!’ and ‘A rolling stone!’).

Backing the CYP campaign, Glasgow University Reader in Sociology Dr Fairislejumper explained: “It’s yet another indicator of our consumerist society and increasingly busy lives, second only to the growth in sales of ready meals. We are appealing to the nation to take those extra few seconds in conversation to complete their proverbs. Is it really so much to ask to safeguard the linguistic future of our grandchildren and their grandchildren?”

[The CYP campaign is sponsored by Pedants United and the Oxford English Dictionary.]


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absolutely. A stitch in time etc


Comment by GreatSheElephant

I think it’s just six of one.

Comment by Whinger

We’re lazy sows, aren’t we?

Comment by Jonniker

Too many broths spoil the stitches and birds of a feather drive me up the barge pole. But if wishes were horses we’d all gather moss.

Comment by mig bardsley

My favourite half proverb was uttered by the immortal Norm on Cheers.

“Women – can’t live with ’em.”

Comment by Wyndham

but it’s so tedious to hear someone say a complete proverb when you already know how it ends!

Comment by Violet

Cheers! How I miss it. Wish we’d got to see Vera though.

Comment by oneglassofcava

Dr Fairislejumper! Heh heh. That amused me more than it probably should have.

Comment by belladona

What does Ol’ Rooster think about unfinished cliches? Heard this morning on the tube: I’ll leave it in your capable.

Comment by GreatSheElephant

um, ‘hi’ 🙂

absence makes the heart…and all that rot

Comment by Kyahgirl

Some of us don’t complete proverbs because we don’t know how they end. Not me, of course!

Comment by Jenny G

A nod’s as good as a wink to a blind bat…

Comment by Kellycat

jenny: QED!!

Comment by Urban Chick

Hmmm, I see your point. V lazy.

Comment by frangelita

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