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Complete Proverbs Page

Last Updated
01 Jan 2008

On the BBC Radio 4 show I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue, one of the rounds includes suggestions for contemporary endings to various proverbs. Here are some of the teams' suggestions, along with some of my suggestions. If you have any ideas you would like included, please e-mail me here, and I will add the best ones (with full credit to you of course)
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Even a blind pig occasionally picks up
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Guildford
31 May 1999
If a beard were a sign of smartness
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Guildford
31 May 1999
A bird in the sack is worth
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Guildford
31 May 1999
If you play with the bull, you will get a
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Guildford
31 May 1999
Man is like a banana because
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Guildford
31 May 1999
Man is like a banana because
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Guildford
31 May 1999
If the wind blows on you through a hole
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Guildford
31 May 1999
Make hay while the
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Kevin Hale
A miss is as good as a
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Kevin Hale
A problem shared is
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Kevin Hale
A woman's work is
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Kevin Hale
An Englishman's home is his
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Kevin Hale
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The teams were also asked to complete Welsh proverbs & superstitions.
Here are some of the teams' suggestions, along with some of my suggestions. If you have any ideas you would like included, please e-mail me here, and I will add the best ones (with full credit to you of course)
Just move your mouse over the words ANSWER or REAL ANSWER to reveal all!

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He who lays thorns upon the floor
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Rhyl
13 Jun 2005
The wife who all the day doth rest
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Rhyl
13 Jun 2005
[ Better to be dead and gone than
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Rhyl
13 Jun 2005
[ A mother that works makes a daughter that shirks, and a daughter that lags
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Rhyl
13 Jun 2005
If you wicked are, and cruel
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Rhyl
13 Jun 2005
If a stranger asks advice
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Rhyl
13 Jun 2005
We call him not clever who
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Rhyl
13 Jun 2005
Better to hear your bowels squeak than
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Rhyl
13 Jun 2005
[ The eagle and mole keep not
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Rhyl
13 Jun 2005
[ A wife's advice will seldom better make it, but
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Rhyl
13 Jun 2005
[ No match hath a duck for
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Rhyl
13 Jun 2005
[ Never flows the ale so fast as when
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Rhyl
13 Jun 2005
[ It is too early to give in July the
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Rhyl
13 Jun 2005
Better at sea to be helpless tossed
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Rhyl
13 Jun 2005
What will happen to any Welshman who smears himself all over with the juices of a leek?
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Cardiff
25 Jun 2007
[ What does it means if, having drunk a cup of tea, you discover the leaves are scattered evenly round the sides of the cup?
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Cardiff
25 Jun 2007
[ Hold on to the baby, and not
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Cardiff
25 Jun 2007
What is it said commonly happens if you look steadily into the eyes of a witch
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Cardiff
25 Jun 2007
If sheep gnash their teeth while being rounded up in the Autumn, it's a sign that the winter will be hard, but what is it a sign of if the sheep gnash their teeth at some other time?
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Cardiff
25 Jun 2007
Why might girls have gone outside at midnight and stripped the leaves from a branch of the sage bush?
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Cardiff
25 Jun 2007
[ To be born Welsh is to be born privileged, not with a silver spoon in your mouth but
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Cardiff
25 Jun 2007
Among the lower classes in many parts of north and south Wales, a ritual called 'lifting' took place. It consisted of lifting a person three times in a chair or on a stool. Why might this have been done?
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Cardiff
25 Jun 2007
[ The Welsh are superstitious about owls. What do they believe it means if hoots are heard around a group of houses?
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Cardiff
25 Jun 2007
Perfect love does sometimes not come until the first
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Cardiff
25 Jun 2007
If it looks like a pig
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Cardiff
25 Jun 2007
What does it mean when the pupil of a cat's eye widens?
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Cardiff
25 Jun 2007
If sheep gnash their teeth while being rounded up in the Autumn, it's a sign that the winter will be hard, but what is it a sign of if the sheep gnash their teeth at some other time?
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2007 Xmas Special
24 Dec 2007
Among the lower classes in many parts of north and south Wales, a ritual called 'lifting' took place. It consisted of lifting a person three times in a chair or on a stool. Why might this have been done?
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2007 Xmas Special
24 Dec 2007
Perfect love does sometimes not come until the first
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2007 Xmas Special
24 Dec 2007
If it looks like a pig
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2007 Xmas Special
24 Dec 2007
What does it mean when the pupil of a cat's eye widens?
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2007 Xmas Special
24 Dec 2007
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