Linguimericks, Etc.—Book ४७ SpecGram Vol CLXXX, No 4 Contents Evidence of Extraterrestrial Contact in English Function Words—Wolf Muddler

Homophonic Aphorism Confusions Clarified

By Donald N.S. Unger

  1. A Stitch in Thyme Saves Nine: [archaic] Derives from the medieval belief that thyme, properly sewn into clothing, is an effective form of birth control.

  2. Brass Tax: Fine assessed as a penalty for particularly arrogant behavior.

  3. Dammed if You Do, Dammed if You Don’t: An environmental conundrum in which damming a river as an anti-beaver measure is mooted by the fact that, undisturbed, the damage the beavers would cause would be the damming of the river.

  4. Discretion is the Better Part of Velour: Older women in track suits are good at keeping secrets.

  5. Give the Devil His Dew: Extreme expression of the Christian admonition to care for those in neede.g. to provide water for the thirstyregardless of one’s personal feelings.

  6. Loose Canon: A set of literary or cultural norms which are too often and/or too promiscuously revised.

  7. Man Cannot Live by Bed Alone: Emphasizes the degree to which men can be unhealthily concerned with sexual matters.

  8. One Man’s Loss is Another Man’s Grain: Tradition, in agrarian societies, that grain spilled in transit is the lawful property of whoever finds and collects it.

  9. The Love of Mommy is the Root of All Evil: Freudian conviction regarding the primacy of Oedipal issues in problems both personal and global.

  10. There is No Odor Among Thieves: A sarcastic inversion of the idea that honest people are “clean.”

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