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AS MENTIONED before in this space, the English language is a wondrous thing when it comes to communicating with fellow human beings. The English-speaking world abounds in proverbs and folk sayings that don’t require a high degree of literacy to understand.

Researching just the American sayings turns up these from early in the alphabet:

A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.

A dog is a man’s best friend.

A fool and his money are soon parted.

A friend in need is a friend indeed.

A friend who shares is a friend who cares.

A leopard cannot change its spots.

A man can die just once.

A man is known by the company he keeps.

A miss is as good as a mile.

Absence makes the heart grow fonder.

Actions speak louder than words.

After the feast comes the reckoning.

All that glitters is not gold.

An apple a day keeps the doctor away.


Bad news travels fast.

Barking dogs seldom bite.

Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder.

Beggars can’t be choosers.

Better a live coward than a dead hero.

Better late than never.

Better safe than sorry.

Birds of a feather flock together.

Blood is thicker than water.

Boys will be boys.

Charity begins at home.

Christmas comes but once a year.

Clothes do not make the man.

Crap or get off the pot.

Curiosity killed the cat.

ONTOLOGY, from the Greek, is the philosophical study of the nature of being, existence, or reality, as well as the basic categories of being and their relations. Traditionally listed as a part of the major branch of philosophy known as metaphysics, ontology deals with questions concerning what entities exist or can be said to exist, and how such entities can be grouped, related within a hierarchy, and subdivided according to similarities and differences.

People who never heard of metaphysics can obtain the basic rules of living from proverbs and folk sayings.

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