The general concept of crowdsourcing is to combine the efforts of crowds of volunteers, where each one can contribute a small portion that adds into a relatively large or significant result. Web-based crowdsourcing has been used by scholars to create dictionaries for languages that are less academically developed, but this is the first effort to collect proverbs in this way. Popular crowdsourcing tools such as Facebook, Twitter, webpages, blogging, e-mail, and others are being used for The Pashto Proverbs Project , and Pashto speakers from all over the world are contributing.
Rather than telling people what to do or not to do, it contains the liberating message of letting people follow their own dreams and aspirations. Be that as it may, all of us are governed at least in part by the ethical and social norms expressed in the common-sense wisdom of proverbs. Wolfgang Mieder teaches at the University of Vermont. However, proverbs are frequently surrounded by such general introductory remarks as "as the proverb says," "as my grandmother used to say," or "as the old truth says" to add credence to the traditional bit of wisdom contained in the proverb.
As would be expected, some quotations might well become proverbs, a good example being Theodore Roosevelt's statement "Speak softly and carry a big stick.
Another example would be Calvin Coolidge's "The chief business of the American people is business" from , which has long become proverbial in the slightly altered form of "The business of America is business. Lord John Russell came up with a delightful definition in the midth century: "A proverb is the wit of one, and the wisdom of many.
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While Russell emphasizes the idea that proverbs originate with one person and then become the property of the general population, I stress the fact that proverbs are not always true see such contrasting proverb pairs as "Absence makes the heart grow fonder" and "Out of sight, out of mind" in all contexts and that proverbs come and go as social mores change over time.
While proverbs like "Big fish eat little fish" or "One hand washes the other" have been around for centuries and will be with us forever, there are other proverbs like "A woman's tongue is like a lamb's tail" or "Marriage and hanging go by destiny" that have fortunately dropped out. On the other hand, we have many new proverbs that have entered our language only in the past few decades, to wit: "Life begins at forty"; "Winning isn't everything"; "Garbage in, garbage out. In addition to the conciseness of proverbs with their seven words on average there are short ones like "Time flies" and longer ones like "It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than it is for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven" , they are usually, but not always, metaphorical.
For example: "Hunger is the best sauce" or "A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush. Many proverbs use alliteration: "Many a mickle little makes a muckle lot ," rhyme: "Man proposes, God disposes," parallelism: "Nothing ventured, nothing gained," ellipsis: "First come, first served," etc. It should also be noted that the reason there exist thousands of proverbs in various languages is due to the fact that they are based on similar structures that become "formulas" on which to base new insights with different concepts and ideas.
A very popular formula is "Were there is X, there is Y"; it has been the linguistic basis for dozens of proverbs, including "Where there is smoke, there is fire" and "Where there is life, there is hope.
Many of them can be traced back to classical antiquity, as for example "A barking dog does not bite" or "One swallow does not make a summer. Publisher: Faithful Books. See details. See all 2 brand new listings. Buy It Now.
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