SWDesertHomes in Tucson, Marana, Oro Valley, Vail & More!: Maxims, Idioms and Trivia

Maxims, Idioms and Trivia

Trite sayings have been rolling off my tongue this week, and I got to wondering about their origins...

Here are three that came to mind through work, blogging and Facebook  that I dug into the meaning of just a little further:

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Loose lips sink ships - in other words, watch your words...

The phrase originated on World War II propaganda posters urging Americans to guard against giving information to the enemy.


Don't bite the hand that feeds you  - be loyal, dude!  We shouldn't turn on folks who have supported us, or repay kindness with scorn...

The phrase was used by an 18th century political writer by the name of Edmund Burke.  The original quote was, "having looked to government for bread, on the very first scarcity they will turn and bite the hand that fed them".


The Apple doesn't fall far from the tree - in other words, kids are often like their parents!

Yikes - I have four and they are all very, very different!  Guess that makes me "different". Origin dates back to Ralph Waldo Emerson who used a slightly different idiom with the meaning more related to the "tug that pulls us to our childhood home"   The original?  The apple never falls far from the stem.

What are some of your favorite phrases, idioms or maxims?

If I can assist you in your home buying or selling in Marana, Tucson, Oro Valley, or Vail, please don't hesitate to call me!  Email at swdeserthomes@aol.com

Cara Marcelle Mancuso, Long Realty,


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Comment balloon 5 commentsCara Marcelle Mancuso • March 09 2016 09:33PM


 Good morning Cara Marcelle Mancuso . Yes, we should watch the words that we use.  Thank you for sharing these with us.

Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) about 3 years ago

Those are oldies, but goodies!  My favorite, is a line from the old movie, "City Slickers". . .I'm on vacation!  I often say it, when everyone around me should just chill!

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) about 3 years ago

Good morning Cara.  The one I use more often than any others is one my former Captain told me.  It has stuck with me, I use it often.  "If it's not in writing is didn't happen, if it's not in writing is doesn't exist."  

Posted by James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results (Fathom Realty AR LLC) about 3 years ago

Not one is coming to mind.  Kind of like walking into the grocery store and completely forgetting what you came for.  Mind is a blank.

Posted by Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA (Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA) about 3 years ago

* "A penny saved is a penny earned"...You've made your bed, now lie in it.".... "People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones."... "What goes around comes around."... "The pot calling the kettle black."... "Love is blind."... "Let your heart rule your head."... "Karma is going to get you."  Cara Marcelle Mancuso, I really like the post;  can you tell :) Have a great day!  


Posted by Jane Chaulklin-Schott, TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836 (TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766) almost 3 years ago