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What is the definition of "early"?
I like to do as many Miscellaneous Monday posts as possible, preferably every other week if other Community members aren't around. That means I normally think on the weekends as to what I wanna post come Monday am (my time).
This weekend I had a really nice one planned but that all changed when I woke up today at five o'f***ingClock in the morning. Thanks body clock.... noice! 🤯😲🕙🛌
That means that all I could think about, for the past four hours, was the saying "The early bird catches the worm". As I attempted to start writing my planned Miscellaneous Monday post, it was front and centre of my mind, and now this post is all about a really cool topic.... epic idioms with more meaning than we think!
There's more to it than meets the eye!
Idioms are so cool. They're like these little life lessons we carry around with us all the time... 'the early bird', 'blood is thicker than water', 'don't flood the school toilets by blocking all the sinks and running the taps' (that last one is a very personal one 😉😜)
For as long as I can remember my mother was always going on about "the early bird"... more to get me out of bed than anything, but it actually applies to a lot in life... get that high prio assignment done asap, be the first to the shops for the best bargains, etc.
However, it only truly became one of my favourite idioms in life when, in my early 30's, I learnt that it can actually be extended! You see, sometimes it actually doesn't pay to be early, or is beneficial to be the first. At times it actually is really useful when we are second. "What!?" I can hear you screaming...! "Second place is surely the first loser!?" (Another great idiom!).... and to that I respond with a new favourite idiom of mine:
The extended version I am referring to is, of course: "The early bird catches the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese"
Not just insightful and thought provoking, but DARK AF!!!! Wow! 🤪🌑
I really like the idea that sometimes we don't have to go rushing off and catch that worm... Il really also like and wholeheartedly believe that we actually need to just take our time and go through the motions; especially when it comes to achieving and being successful.
This brings me to another favourite idiom taken straight from the amazing book that is "Phil's-osophy":
Your Extended Idioms / Sayings
🙋♀️🙋♂️ So, what are your favourites idioms and which ones actually have an extended version that are very little heard of in day2day life, but are a must for others to know ❓