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Proverbs 1

10 October, 2012

I was digging around the dusty corners of my hard drive the other day and came across on old project. And by old I mean I started it with a pen and paper about 20 years ago and at some point I typed it into my PC and then completely forgot it.

My project was to write some modern proverbs, but this quickly became writing sayings that sound like proverbs but are actually completely meaningless. Here are a batch for you:


The one-legged man gets his trousers half-price

However often you mow the grass, it still needs mowing

It takes more than one slice of bread to make a loaf

Children will learn the language of their parents

If you peel a banana, you will only ever find a banana inside

Unpacking is harder the second time around


I’ve got loads of these, so more will follow as and when I have a blank blogging day to fill. If you want to interpret and comment on them I’d love to hear what you think what lessons they can teach us.


  1. Some good ones… This one is way too true… Children will learn the language of their parents… I also like the unpacking one.

    You inspired me to write something today…

    Let me know when D has written her chapter.

    • The Reclining Gentleman permalink

      the unpacking one sounds profound but ive no idea why!
      liking your family wall Ted, every home should have one.
      and yes, a soon as part 3 is up, i’ll let you know the baton has passed

      • tedstrutz permalink

        I felt the same way about the unpacking one…

        Thanks for the comments, I’m looking forward to my turn at the diner.

      • I’ll tell you why! It’s heartbreaking. Either this is a person who has to move a lot, which sucks. It gets harder every time. Also, you’re not just unpacking things. You’re unpacking emptiness, more and more each time, because you’ve always left more of yourself behind, which you will never retrieve.

        Another possibility is that this is a person who unpacked once when she married and moved in with him. She unpacked the second time when she moved out and into her own lonely spot of sadness and regret.

      • The Reclining Gentleman permalink

        wow, i never realised there was so much to read into this. i honestly just jotted down some stuff that sounded like it was deep

      • flipside records permalink

        My dear, I can make absolutely anything mean ridiculously deep things. It’s either a gift or a curse, but I’m not sure which. Probably the latter.

      • The Reclining Gentleman permalink

        It’s a gift, honestly. i love the way you see words

  2. Oh my gosh, I am laughing SO hard!

    I’m pretty sure a one-legged man would pay more for his trousers because they’d have to be tailor-made. 😉

    • The Reclining Gentleman permalink

      you could be right. ok, in that case:
      “the one legged man gets his trousers for twice the price”

      • flipside records permalink

        Way better. 😉

      • flipside records permalink

        And now I’m imagining a bit of innuendo hidden in there.

      • The Reclining Gentleman permalink

        Lol i think youre right

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