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Birds of a feather flock together

  • Birds of a feather flock together is a proverb that goes back hundreds of years. A proverb is a short, pithy, common saying or phrase that particularly gives advice or shares a universal truth. A proverb is an aphorism. Many English proverbs are wise sayings or truths that are taken as quotations from Hebrew biblical scripture, including the Book of Psalms and the Book of Proverbs in the Old Testament, and the Gospel in the New Testament. Other proverbs, or inspirational or wisdom teachings, are taken from the other great religious books. Parables told by Aesop gave us the proverbs honesty is the best policy and necessity is the mother of invention. Many proverbs have come from literature, such as some are born great, some achieve greatness and some have greatness thrust upon them, taken from Shakespeare; the phrase early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise is taken from an almanac. We will examine the meaning of the phrase birds of a feather flock together, where it came from and some examples of its use in sentences.


     

    Birds of a feather flock together means people of similar interests, background, ideas or characteristics will often congregate or hang out with each other, people who have similar ideas or values tend to stick together. In nature, many species of birds travel in flocks for safety and companionship. Like many proverbs, only the first part of the idea is often quoted, birds of a feather, with the expectation that the reader or listener can supply the rest of the phrase for himself. The expression birds of a feather flock together can be traced to a 1545 work called The Rescuing of Romish Fox, written by William Turner: “Byrdes of on kynde and color flok and flye allwayes together.” Whether the proverb was in common use before this time is unknown.

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    Examples

    A coherent coupling among quantum dots requires, however, that they all have the same size, shape and composition because “birds of a feather flock together” in the quantum universe, too. (Space Daily)

    ‘Birds of a feather flock together’ is an old adage to explain some well-observed aspects of social behaviour among humans and animals. (The Indian Express)

    Instead, we now see that birds of a feather and institutional behaviors explain why some bishops lacked proper enthusiasm on definitive Catholic teachings. (The National Catholic Register)

    During an interview broadcast on Thursday’s edition of CNN’s “AC360,” former Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina reacted to President Trump’s “horseface” tweet about Stormy Daniels by saying that such insults diminish the presidency and that Daniels, her attorney Michael Avenatti, and Trump are “all birds of a feather. (Breitbart News)

    Fred had also been a subscriber to I.F. Stone’s Weekly as a teenager, so we were birds of a feather. (The Ottawa Citizen)


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