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Proverbs and Sayings Rephrased

Can you rephrase these smart proverbs & saying? Just a test about vocabulary and verbosity for english teachers and students. Had some fun so far? Each of the following statements is a well known proverb or saying, translated into less common and more sophisticated words. Your job is to give the well-known phrase for each. For example, "Scinntillate, scintillate, asteroid minific" is better known as "Twinkle, twinkle, little star."

Smart Proverbs & Sayings

  1. Members of an avian species of identical plumage congregate.

    Birds of a feather flock together.

  2. Scintillate, scintillate, asteroid minific.

    Twinkle, twinkle, little star.

  3. Surveillance should precede saltation.

    Look before you jump.

  4. Neophyte's serendipity.

    Beginners luck.

  5. Pulchritude possesses solely cutaneous profundity.

    Beauty is only skin deep.

  6. It is fruitless to become lachrymose over precipitately departed lacteal fluids.

    Don't cry over spilled milk.

  7. The stylus is more potent than the dirk.

    The pen is more powerful than the sword.

  8. It is fruitless to indoctrinate a superannuated canine with innovative maneuvers.

    You can't teach an old dog new things.

  9. The temperature of the aqueous content of an unremittingly ogled culinary vessel does not reach 212 degrees.

    A watched pot never boils.

  10. All articles that coruscate with resplendence are not truly auriferous.

    All that glitters isn't gold.

  11. Where there are visible vapors in ignited carbonaceous materials, there is conflagration.

    Where there's smoke, there's fire.

  12. A plethora of individuals with expertise in culinary techniques vitiate the potable concoction produced by steeping certain comestibles.

    Too many cooks spoil the stew.

  13. Eleemosynary deeds have their incipience intramurally.

    Charity begins at home.

  14. Male cadavers are incapable of yielding testimony.

    Dead men don't talk.

  15. Individuals who make their abode in vitreous edifices would be advised to refrain from catapulting projectiles.

    People who live in glashouses shouldn't throw stones.

  16. Exclusive dedication to necessitous chores without interludes of hedonistic diversion renders John a hebetudinous fellow.

    All work, no play makes John a dull boy.

  17. A revolving lithic conglomerate accumulates no congeries of minuscule verdant bryophyte.

    A rolling stone gathers no moss.

  18. The person presenting the finial cachinnation possesses thereby the primary cachinnation.

    He who laughs last, laughs best.

  19. Missiles of ligneous or petrous consistency have the potential of fracturing my osseous structure, but appellations will remain sempiternally innocuous.

    Sticks and stones can break my bones, but names will never hurt me.




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