…and don’t cross the road if you can’t get out of the kitchen.
Proverbs are fun. Proverbs are even more fun when you intentionally misquote the original to fit the current situation. Hilarious is when someone misquotes a proverb and doesn’t know it thinking they did it right.
Here is a list of intentional and unintentional misquoted proverbs. Let’s call them my favorites.
- If at first you don’t succeed get new batteries.
- The early bird may get the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.
- It’s always darkest before Daylight Saving Time.
- If at first you don’t succeed, destroy all evidence that you tried.
- Those who live by the sword get shot by those who don’t.
- Don’t change horses until they stop running.
- Where there’s smoke there’s pollution.
- A penny saved isn’t much.
- You get out of something only what you see in the picture on the box.
- When the blind lead the blind, get out of the way.
One of the best misquotes on proverbs I have ever heard, though, is the following. A girl arrives at a table where others are waiting for her. It is obvious she is not on time. Mid-excuse she gets cut off by a girl at the neighboring table…
“Well, you know better late…” “…than pregnant!”