[Ads-l] New to me: a saw

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Sat Sep 15 02:18:23 UTC 2018

Below is a proverb containing the words "bought" and "taught" that was
circulating by 1678. Its meaning is not clear to me.

Year: 1678
Title: A collection of English proverbs digested into a convenient
method for the speedy finding any one upon occasion: with short
annotations: whereunto are added local proverbs with their
explications, old proverbial rhythmes, less known or exotick
proverbial sentences, and Scottish proverbs
Author: John Ray (1627-1705)
Publication info: Cambridge [Cambridgeshire]: Printed by John Hayes
..., for W. Morden, 1678.
Database: Early English Books Online

[Begin excerpt]
- Good wits jump.
- Wit once bought, is worth twice taught.
- A wonder lasts but nine days.
- A wooll-seller knows a wooll-buyer. Yorksh.
- A word is enough to the wise.
[End excerpt]


On Fri, Sep 14, 2018 at 7:26 PM Wilson Gray <hwgray at gmail.com> wrote:
> Heard, spoken by mid-thirty-ish black man, loser in a civil lawsuit: "A
> bought lesson is a taught lesson."
> Misery Loves Company, But God Loves Us More - Page ix and Page  195
> https://books.google.com/books?isbn=161579090X
> Adrienne L. Miller - 2009 - ‎Preview
> Page ix:
> A bought lesson is a taught lesson
> Page 195:
> It's one thing to pay for a foolish lesson with my own money, but when I
> have to learn a lesson at the expense of my love [sic] ones and friends, _a
> bought lesson is a taught lesson_.
> --
> -Wilson
> -----
> All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint to
> come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
> -Mark Twain
> ------------------------------------------------------------
> The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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