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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Wise Versa?

The other day, my friend told me “B, you are not slim but thin.” All this while, I cogitated that slim and thin were synonyms, but her words proved otherwise.

Similarly, do you invite your friends for your marriage or for your wedding?

Watching a cinema in a movie hall or is it watching a movie in a cinema hall?

Whether an innocent man is naive or naive one innocent?

Also, some idioms/proverbs contradict each other. Take the following cases

Unity is strength or do too many cooks spoil the broth?

Slow and steady wins the race, but early bird catches the worm.

Actions speak louder than words, remember the pen is mightier than the sword.

Ignorance is bliss since little knowledge is a dangerous thing/empty vessels make the most noise, but something is always better than nothing.

Have you encountered such ridiculous riddles in words or in wisdom? If yes, write in.


കവിത - kavitha said...

climate and weather
sex and gender
hotel and restaurant
surgery and operation

let me try if i can get more

Divya Venugopal said...

wrong and incorrect
gone and went
buy and get
will add more when I get

whoami said...

@Kavitha, @Divya
Good ones. Thank you

Potter said...

Mmm.. thought provoking. Let me try to explain a few (even though I may not come up to your expectations ;))

Marriage is the relationship, but a wedding is the ceremony only.

Naive is like simplicity of nature, and innocence you can say guiltless.

Then what? Ok, climate deals with the characteristics of a region (like tropical, arctic etc), and weather deals with day-to-day changes (like cloudy, sunny, rainy etc).

Ashutosh Didwania said...

Hey that's a really interesting list you've put up..I kind of recollect one of those ambiguous pair of idioms I'd read some time back..It was something like "the nail that sticks out gets hammered" and "squeaky wheel fetches the greese"..One says that you would not be tolerated if you make noise whereas the other one conveys that the ones who create noise are the ones who get attention..
Strange contradictions..isn't it...

Anna Bond said...

Contradictions are inevitable. Man made up the so called 'wise' words as and when the situation demanded.
Situations can contradict and hence the sayings will too.
Simple, na? :)

whoami said...

Thanks for those explanations

With passing time new phrases are coined which may sometimes contradict the existing ones. Earlier, a person being Jack of all trades and master of none was considered awful. But don’t you think in the career that we are part of; we are better rewarded if we are Jack of all trades and master of some?

You are right; we need to adopt new strategies to adapt to the changing environment

Agastya said...

Too many cooks spoil the broth BUT many hands make work light!

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