wittiness of proverbs

RonButters at AOL.COM RonButters at AOL.COM
Wed Nov 28 18:11:21 UTC 2007

Are proverbs generally witty in this way? A stitch in time saves nine?
Rolling stones gather no moss? It takes two to tango?

In a message dated 11/28/07 11:06:33 AM, cdoyle at UGA.EDU writes:

> Paremiologishly speaking, I'd say part of the wit of the proverb "You can't
> unring a bell" consists in the rarity (if not, indeed, the presumed
> nonexistence) of "unring" as a word.
> --Charlie

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