Once more we take inspiration from the glorious Oulipo, and derive, in a synergistic way, new meanings from ancient, traditional wisdom with this list of perverbs. It is hoped that these invaluable sayings will form the core of the New Adage movement, and spread themselves memetically across the noxosphere of our planet.
List of English Perverbs
- A bird in the hand is a dangerous thing.
- A fool and his money is a friend indeed.
- A miss is as good as a molehill.
- A stitch in time gathers no moss.
- Absence speaks louder than words.
- An apple a day is worth two in the bush.
- Beauty is the best policy.
- Better late than sorry.
- Don't count your chickens in midstream.
- Empty barrels make good neighbours.
- Every dog has a silver lining.
- Everything comes to him who waits for no man.
- He who laughs last is lost.
- It never rains, but the flesh is weak.
- It takes all sorts to tango.
- It's the early bird that makes the most noise.
- No news is the mother of invention.
- Once bitten, three's a crowd.
- One good turn is another man's poison.
- Procrastination is better than cure.
- Strike while the sun shines.
- Talk is money.
- The pen is father to the thought.
- The road to hell is the spice of life.
- Time is thicker than water.
- Tomorrow is stranger than fiction.
- Too many cooks are better than one.
- When in Rome, do it yourself.
- You can lead a horse to water but you can't have it both ways.
- You can't make an omelette out of a sow's ear.
See also Portmantreau Perverbs.
NEOTERISM - new things, new words.
© Paul Taylor 2003