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Better late than never

Better late than never is an English proverb that means though one has arrived later than expected or taken longer to accomplish something than expected, arriving or accomplishing something under late conditions is superior to not arriving or not accomplishing that thing at all. The term was first seen in English in 1386 in The Yeoman’s Tale from The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer, “For better than never is late; never to succeed would be too long a period.” However, the phrase potiusque sero quam nunquam which translates as better late than never was used by Titus Livius in his work, History of Rome, written around 27 BC. Today, better late than never is a phrase that is often used sarcastically, to point out someone’s minimum effort, or as an apology.


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Examples

The old saying “Better late than never” is the only words I can think of when it comes to wishing Happy Birthday to my family members in a timely manner so here goes: Happy Birthday to great-grandson Judah Whittingham who was 4 on Aug. 14; to granddaughters Taylor Reavis (21) and Misty Whittingham (33) on Aug. 15th., and great-grandson Noah Whittingham who is 4 today, the 16th. (The West Plains Daily Quill)

Better late than never, pullout hands Australian Hearn Rio berth (Reuters)

Better late than never? Parking app expected to finally debut in November (The Saskatoon Star Phoenix)

“Anyway better late than never; I’m glad this enlightenment has happened,” she said. (The Business Standard)

‘Better late than never:’ 83-year-old Santa Maria resident finally receives high school diploma after 65 years (The Santa Maria Times)

Better late than never for the Australian women’s eights rowing team at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, even if they’ll have to borrow a boat and oars. (The New Zealand Herald)

 

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