Expansion of English proverbs
Posted: 12 December 2007 01:28 AM   [ Ignore ]
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I am sorry, but I can’t expand the following proverbs with examples. please help me.

1.  Charity begins at home
2.  A rolling stone gathers no moss

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Posted: 12 December 2007 06:49 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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I don’t understand what you mean by “expanding” the proverbs.  Can you elaborate?

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Posted: 15 December 2007 12:10 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Maybe the idea is like “interpret” or “elucidate”. Here are my simplified notions.

(1) seems easier.

“Charity begins at home”: Supporting one’s family should come before supporting others.

Example: “Why don’t you give more money to the church and the orphanage? You don’t seem very charitable.” / “Charity begins at home. I give my money to my needy relatives.”

(2) seems difficult.

“A rolling stone gathers no moss”: If one keeps moving he doesn’t accumulate things.

This is ambiguous: the “moss” (accumulated things) can be ‘good’ (money, good relationships) or ‘bad’ (responsibilities).

http://www.bartleby.com/59/3/rollingstone.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_rolling_stone_gathers_no_moss

http://www.phrases.org.uk/bulletin_board/6/messages/1129.html

Example: “I’m tired of this place. I think I’ll try moving to Alaska.” / “You will never get rich or establish stable friendships by moving around. A rolling stone gathers no moss.”

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