new (?) proverb

victor steinbok aardvark66 at GMAIL.COM
Tue May 3 13:08:21 UTC 2011

Could there be some influence from the cluster of "do it" jokes of the type,
"Programmers do it with UNIX"?


On Tue, May 3, 2011 at 9:02 AM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at>wrote:

> 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.
> JL

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