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Proverbs and Idioms[edit]

I am not entirely sure if there is a big difference, but I seem to remember back in primary school my teachers stressing the fact that idioms and proverbs were different things, and from what I learnt it seems some of the proverbs given as examples on the page are actually idioms - Such as, "Don't cry over spilt milk."-unknown.

I could be wrong, but I just thought it was worth mentioning. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 21:22, 27 February 2011 (UTC) (talk) 21:23, 27 February 2011 (UTC)


Why not hold the language specific proverbs by (or refer to) pages of the referring wikipedia projects?

e.g. German proverbs in German wikipedia

This is open for debate. Logically it would be better but on the other hand there should be some meeting point with a proverb equivalents.

I have moved the following statement from the main page to here until it gets clarified:

One may look at it as a science of the old times and primitive peoples even now.

First, I'm not sure what this is supposed to mean. Can you elaborate?

Second, "primitive peoples" is not a very helpful term. If you mean a primary oral (or pre-literate) society, this is what you should say.

I still don't see how a list of proverbs constitutes an encyclopedia article, or why such lists should be in an encyclopedia. --LMS

It isn't an encyclopedia article. This should be transfered to Wikiquote. LDan 22:36, 2 Nov 2003 (UTC)
A list of proverbs could constitute an encyclopedia article if it is joined with explanations of worldview of the people that made the proverbs. Nikola 04:02, 3 Nov 2003 (UTC)

They're here: Proverbs at WikiQuote --Xyzt1234 21:17, 22 June 2007 (UTC)

Afghan proverbs missing.[edit]

Where are the Afghan proverbs, and a few other languages, which were there a few days ago?


I have a question. If there are pronouns and proverbs, why aren't there proadjectives? 01:40, 17 February 2007 (UTC)

Projective. Erudecorp 20:44, 3 October 2007 (UTC) Your question is clever. My answer is likewise so. DavidOaks (talk) 00:00, 19 January 2010 (UTC)

Poor Richard's Almanac Really Accessible[edit]

My website quotes Poor Richard's Almanac. It is indexed (with a search engine, too) and has relaxed copyrights. Help yourself. (It's true that I have also as Franklin says "gravely quoted myself." But those quotes are clearly labeled as updates of Franklin's and can be easily ignored.)

You needn't take time to reply, but help yourself if you like.

Congratulations on the help you give others.

Best Regards,

John McCall —The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) 17:26, 6 May 2007 (UTC).

Fillipino Proverbs[edit]

I don't see why the Fillipino section should be there - if there is a reason, then the text definitely needs to be changed. This is something would belong on a Fillipino page, not on the Proverbs page. The proverbs page is about the definition and usage and types of proverbs, and does not - with this exception - go into detail about proverbs in different cultures. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Computer Guru (talkcontribs) 13:55, 11 December 2007 (UTC)

Lebanese Proverbs[edit]

Is this a joke I'm not getting? Even if it is meaningful in some other language, it's gibberish in English. I'd think it was vandalism, but according to the history, it's been there since the page first started. I'm quite confused. --Ueli-PLS (talk) 05:56, 16 January 2008 (UTC)

Links to collections of proverbs[edit]

Mikkalai has chosen to delete a list of links to collections of proverbs. Though it may not be within the narrow concept of an enyclopedia, surely this was a useful section. I personally used the set of links. I would like to restore it, but what do the rest of you think? Pete unseth (talk) 13:04, 22 December 2008 (UTC)

Aphorisms vs. proverbs[edit]

The proverb needs to be better distinguished here from aphorism at both articles, and even at the category level, as most articles on aphorisms we have, like first law of holes state incorrectly that they are proverbs and are categorized wrongly as such. We can argue about what the reliable sources say is the difference, but that's a discussion that actually needs to happen (on possible result of which is merging, if the sources suggest that aphorism is just a type of proverb). I know how I use these terms, but I'm not personally a reliable source of course.  — SMcCandlish ¢ ≽ʌⱷ҅ʌ≼  21:25, 12 April 2014 (UTC)

Though I can see some differences between proverbs and aphorisms, I think of these as a Venn diagram, circles with a fair amount of overlap. I do not think we would be able to define and distinguish them in a way that would be accepted by enough readers to make it worth the effort. I am content to let sleeping dogs lie.Pete unseth (talk) 13:17, 13 April 2014 (UTC)

Section on gender[edit]

The recently created section on gender and stereotypes needs significant help. It makes very broad claims, such as "The relationship between men and women have been reduced to a global standardized scheme of behavior", but the only documentation for this is one page in a book. But the author of the chapter to which the citation points has also titled an article "On positively-tinted women proverbs (and quotations) in English and Polish language material", suggesting that the issue may not be as simple as the current paragraph suggests. I may be wrong, but some of the paragraph sounds like it could be quotations, but without quotation marks.

Unless the paragraph is improved with more documentation and specific documentation, it makes too strong and too universal a claim. Time to improve it or remove it.Pete unseth (talk) 13:29, 29 July 2015 (UTC)

External links modified[edit]

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Section on gender appears to be quotations[edit]

The section on proverbs and gender reads as though it is a quotation, or series of quotations. It would be helpful if somebody, such as the editor who inserted it, would carefully check original source and change the paragraph as needed.Pete unseth (talk) 16:24, 18 September 2015 (UTC)


Who, or what, is musmus? — Preceding unsigned comment added by LuoShengli (talkcontribs) 13:42, 22 June 2016 (UTC)

I'm wondering exactly the same thing. Is it even a real word? McLerristarr | Mclay1 12:05, 7 October 2016 (UTC)
As always, the problem was an IP user. It was vandalism that was missed and couldn't be automatically reverted because of subsequent IP edits. I've fixed the issue. McLerristarr | Mclay1 12:18, 7 October 2016 (UTC)