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A penny saved is a penny earned

  • A penny saved is a penny earned is a proverb that has been in use for hundreds of years. A proverb is a short, common saying or phrase that may be a famous quote, an inspirational quote, an epigram or the topic of a parable. These common sayings are language tools that particularly give advice or share a universal truth, or impart wisdom. Synonyms for proverb include adage, aphorism, sayings, and byword, which can also be someone or something that is the best example of a group. Often, a proverb is so familiar that a speaker will only quote half of it, relying on the listener to supply the ending of the written or spoken proverb himself. Speakers of English as a second language are sometimes confused by these pithy sayings as translations from English to other languages do not carry the impact that the English phrases carry. Some common proverbs are the wise sayings better late than never, early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise, an apple a day keeps the doctor away, haste makes waste, don’t look a gift horse in the mouth, and a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush. One of the books of the Bible is the Book of Proverbs, which contains words and phrases that are still often quoted in the English language because they are wise. Many current proverbs are quotations taken from literature, particularly Shakespeare, as well as the Bible and other sacred writings. We will examine the meaning of the proverb a penny saved is a penny earned, where the expression came from, and some examples of its use in sentences.

     

    A penny saved is a penny earned means accumulating wealth through thrift is just as gratifying as accumulating wealth that one has earned. The expression can be traced to George Herbert, who published Outlandish Proverbs in 1633: “A penny spar’d is twice got.” The current iteration of the phrase, a penny saved is a penny earned, is attributed to Benjamin Franklin in his Poor Richard’s Almanack, published in the 1750s, though more specifically, he said: “A penny saved is two pence clear.” Most scholars believe the current proverb was in use prior to that time.

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    Examples

    Lockdown lessons: A penny saved is a penny earned (Hindustan Times)

    They wrote: “Learn the prices of things in the stores around you – a penny saved is a penny earned!” (Daily Express)

    Boomers had lots of disposable income to spend on items such as cars, clothes and homes, and unlike their “a penny saved is a penny earned” parents, who had lived through the Great Depression and World War II, they were looking for something unique from a new vehicle. (Forbes Magazine)


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