New Twists to Old Proverbs…

New Twists to Old Proverbs…

Sometime in June 2010,I had blogged a post titled :” Proverbs In Daily Life” ( Go to :  http://seeingwithc.org/jsblog/?p=1591 ).I have read a piece on the subject of Proverbs in TOI of today.Here it is with a few minor changes here and there.Hope it will make you smile as I did !  

Pranks With Proverbs
GEORGE N NETTO
Oct 25, 2011, TIMES OF INDIA
Highly quotable they may be, but proverbs usually convey truisms with which we’re already familiar. Yet, with a dash of imagination and innovation, they lend themselves easily to witty extensions, jocular refinements or even a twist in the tail, thus making them quite entertaining. Indeed there’s nothing like a touch of humour to spice up a commonplace proverb. I, for one, can seldom use an adage without embellishing it with an addendum, funny or otherwise. It’s a legacy from my English teacher in school who encouraged us to be creative with axioms. Over the years these ‘enriched’ sayings have created ripples of amusement at parties and get-togethers besides serving as icebreakers.On the marital front there are a few home truths. Wedlock is a padlock – one of the keys to which is divorce. It takes two to tango – and three to create an eternal triangle. Variety is the spice of lifeask any monogamous male. Marriages are made in heavenand unmade on earth. Familiarity breeds contemptusually after marriage. Food and drink, too, throw up axioms that can be smartened up effortlessly. The proof of the pudding is in the eating – and the licking of one’s fingers. Too many cooks spoil the broth – but speed up the meal. When the wine is in, the wit is out – and also some zealously guarded secrets.Work-related proverbs also offer ample scope for manipulation. To wit, no man can serve two masters – unless both are generous paymasters. When there’s a will there’s a wayespecially if it’s the boss’s will. Nothing is impossible – so long as you don’t have to do it yourself. Perky endings are easily suffixed to other general proverbs as well. Barking dogs seldom bite – others, you being an exception. A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush – provided it’s not a homing pigeon. Birds of a feather flock together – especially when they have a common grouse. Some similarly spruced-up sayings can be rather pointed too. Travel broadens the mind – and lightens the purse. You’re never too old to learn – something stupid. Time is a great healer – as well as a speedster. Cheats never prosper – but they do get rich fast. Dead men tell no tales – only their biographers do. Death is a great leveller – though life is seldom a level playground. Empty vessels make the most sound – and are promptly heard. When all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail – especially your fingertips. Honesty is the best policy – where others are concerned. Necessity is the mother of invention – when you need a watertight alibi. Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned – or a teenager denied a mobile phone.
Here’s another cross-section of pepped-up proverbs. Necessity knows no law – especially when you’re being chased by a rabid dog. Opportunity never knocks twice – but temptation bangs on the door repeatedly. Seeing is believing – especially when you catch your girlfriend with your best friend. Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today – unless you’re contemplating murder. Old habits die hard – when it comes to eavesdropping on your neighbours’ tiffs. All good things must come to an end – while bad things seldom seem to end. What goes up must come down – the exception being ever spiralling prices. Silence is golden – especially when you’re holding forth. A rolling stone gathers no moss – but it gets to see places. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery – especially if you’re being aped.Indeed, any proverb – no matter how trite – can be made to sparkle with a suitable suffix. Besides driving home the point forcefully, it provides a crisp ending laced with a light-hearted touch – in fact, the snappier the ending, the better the impact of the proverb. So spread hilarity by injecting funny insights into your sayings.All it takes is practice, and practice makes perfect – and entertaining –PROVERBS ! –
COMPILED BY J S BROCA
HAPPY DIWALI
       
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1 Response to New Twists to Old Proverbs…

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