Hindsight means the opportunity to judge or understand past events using knowledge that you have gained since then. The 20/20 indicates... more →
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“Has the cat got your tongue?” is an expression in the form of a question that originated in the mid-nineteenth century and was used when addressing a child who refused to answer a parent’s questions after some mischief. It is often shortened to “cat got your tongue?”. It means that you are having trouble thinking of a way to speak and/or answer a question that has been posed to you, so it seems like you cannot talk.
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This is merely encouragement to be cheerful rather than solemn. Lean people tend to be more solemn than fat ones. So laugh and grow fat like the cheerful... more →
A person is known and judged more by his actions than by what he says. This is another form of Actions speak louder than words.
Do not judge a thing by its appearance. As another proverb reminds us, All that glitters is not gold. Why did you believe him? Why he said he wasn’t... more →
By this we mean that bad news nearly always reaches as more quickly than good news. The old version of the proverb is Ill news comes apace.
Don’t be too optimistic about the future. Remember that There’s many a slip ‘twixt the cup and the lip Alexander Pope, who wrote this on... more →
The phrase ‘a bad name’ means ‘a bad reputation’. However untrue the charges may be, they may ruin a man’s reputation and so... more →
There is nothing to be lost by behaving in a courteous way. This means the same as Courtesy costs nothing.
There is nothing to be lost by behaving in a courteous way. Sometimes ‘civility’ or ‘politeness’ is used instead of... more →