– Aphorisms – Letter I –
An alphabetically arranged collection of common and not-so-common Aphorisms in English. Many Aphorisms (commonly referred to as known as “Sayings”) have slightly different forms and interpretations, depending on region, back-ground, and who is saying them, the ones here are listed in the most commonly used forms or where added by request.
- “Strike While (the) Iron Is Hot” – This Idiomatic Aphorism is Prepositional and can also be classified as an Interjection, a Proverb, and a Saying, and is used to express that one should:
“Take an opportunity while it is still available.”
…Because often-times, when people hesitate, the opportunity can be missed. This phrase comes from the art of black-smithing (iron-working). When the metal is red-hot then it is soft and easy to work with. Once the metal cools, it hardens and is much more difficult to work with. The word “strike” is verb which means: To hit/pound/kick/etc.. So Idiomatically, if one “Strikes While The Iron Is Hot” then it will be much easier to take that opportunity… but if one waits, the opportunity will be gone – just like the possibility to shape cold metal. – (Note Also: that the article “the” is not necessary, but is grammatically more proper.)
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