English Lexical Terms

Letter A

  • Adage  —  An Adage is any sort of short phrase which has been repeated often over a long period of time, and therefore, has gained some sort of credibility.  The word “Adage” comes from the Latin word “Adagium” which literally means “To Say”.  So the closest term that we have in English is the Colloquial Lexical Term “Saying”.  Literally…  It is a phrase the people often “Say”
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    Unlike it’s synonyms:  Aphorism, Proverb, and others — An Adage does not have to contain any sort of wisdom or even discernible meaning.  But is usually nothing more than a slightly Metaphorical & often Pseudo-Philosophical statement of some obvious fact.
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    For example…

“Stupid Is As Stupid Does.”

 

~ Forest Gump’s Mom

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      • See Also:  Adages Page  —  coming soon!
  • Aphorism  —  An Aphorism is a short phrase, often referred to by un-educated people as a “Saying” — which is used to convey some sort of wisdom, or advice.  For Example:

“You should never try to argue with an idiot.  They will only drag you down to their level, and then beat you with experience.”

 

~ Mark Twain

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      • See Also:  Aphorisms Page

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