Idioms are phrases we incorporate into life which may teach us something if we are willing to abide by them such as a penny saved is a penny earned. If we don’t spend it, then we have earned it. So, don’t waist what you may need later. Right?
Or one in the hand is worth two in the bush. The Cambridge Idiom Dictionary, 2nd edition explains it like this, “On the one hand, I’d like more money, but on the other hand, I’m not prepared to work the extra hours in order to get it. On the one hand, you complain that you’re lonely, and on the other hand you won’t come to parties with me.”
Doesn’t this saying remind you of that Geico commercial which mocks the Antique’s Road Show. A woman has a ceramic hand holding a ceramic bird and the antiques expert claims, “If this were to go to auction today, conservatively, it would be worth…,” wait for it, “… two in the bush.”
At which the owner becomes shocked and doubtfully questions, “Really?”
The expert affirms, “It is just beautiful. Thank you so much for bringing it in.”
To which the overwhelmed owner responds, “Unbelievable!”
So there are phrases which although we make fun of them, can remind us to make wise or wiser choices.
Join me for part 2 when I explore a phrase that, when uttered, shows the very opposite – foolishness.