new (?) proverb

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Tue May 3 13:02:42 UTC 2011

Twice in the past six months I've heard the following.  The precise wording
is what I heard on CNN this morning:

"There's a saying that amateurs do it till they get it right, professionals
do it till they can't get it wrong,"

The first time I heard it, it referred to musicians (am pretty sure the
verb there was "practice").  This morning it referred to the commando raid
on Bin Laden's place.

The speaker was a former Navy SEAL, probably in his mid to late '60s.


"If the truth is half as bad as I think it is, you can't handle the truth."

The American Dialect Society -

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