Another new proverb

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Wed May 4 14:57:58 UTC 2011

Former SEAL on CNN: "In the SEAL teams we say, 'Two is one; one is none.'"

In other words, if you have only one, expect it to fail. That's why two
helicopters went after Bin Laden. One failed.

GB takes this back (probably) to 1994-95, almost unanimously in military
contexts, and, indeed, especially among SEALs.  I've encountered it before,
but only within the past four or five years.

GB suggests that the phrase was originally part of a children's counting
rhyme. I guess they lived in a high-crime area.


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

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