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Friday, August 01, 2008

Ancient Aphorisms or Old Sayings

The following comes to the Farm by way of an old friend of Barbara’s, Dana Bate, a New York actor friend. He's retired now to a little town in PA.

“I always enjoy other people's contests whether I enter them or not. So here's mine. Your mission (should you chose to accept it) is to take an old saying and translate it into other words. You may make it as verbose as you want to, which is why there are old sayings in the first place. For example: "Don't put all of your eggs into one basket" becomes "People should not confine the entire produce of their hen house within a single container."
There only two rules:
1. Your entry must include the entire sentiment of the original, and
2. You must avoid using any of the important original words.
The decision of the judges is final, you may enter as often as you wish, there's no deadline and no prizes will be awarded. Good luck.
Here's my entry. "Night is an inappropriate time for the manufacture of animal feed."

Here is another one:
* "Applying one's dressmaking skills in a small way early on insures against having to tackle a much larger sewing project at a later moment.”

You send them in and I’ll post the list when I get a bunch. Put “Old Sayings” in the subject line of your email.


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