This week let’s take a look at some miscellaneous oddities and innovations devised by word puzzlers.
Malaproverbs: Take a familiar proverb (“One good turn deserves another”), remove a phrase (“deserves another”), insert a new one (“gets most of the blanket”), and what do you get? A malaproverb. Here are some more: – Many hands make housework. – Let sleeping bags lie. – A picture is worth a thousand dollars. – Penny wise, pound cake. – If at first you don’t succeed, quit. – Taste makes waist. – Make hay while the iron is hot. Celebrities have contributed their share. In his eighties, Groucho Marx bemoaned his doctor’s instructions to eat frugally: “One swallow does not a supper make”. He also added a second simile to “Time flies like the wind”: “Fruit flies like a banana”. And, to the line “Behind every successful man stands a woman”, he added “and behind her stands his wife”.
A simple swap-around of phrases can yield interesting results. When small children ask embarrassing questions, it is said that “invention is the necessity of mother”.
“Familiarity breeds attempt” is funny and yet has a ring of truth to it, but simply abbreviated, is the soul of wit: “Familiarity breeds”.
And finally, some wellknown proverbs rewritten in grandiose style. How many can you recognize (the answers are below)? – No remittance is given for actions which are taken counter to the codified body of jurisprudence. – Those without sufficient internal biological mechanisms to foster one’s courage to take on difficult and arduous tasks will nary receive serious accolades. – The person presenting the ultimate cachinnation possesses thereby the optimum cachinnation. – It is fruitless to become lachrymose of precipately departed lacteal fluid.
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