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Old habits die hard

  • Old habits die hard is a proverb. A proverb is a short, common saying or phrase. 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, blood is thicker than water, 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 expression old habits die hard, where it came from, and some examples of its use in sentences.


     

    Old habits die hard means that it is difficult to change one’s behavior, one’s attitude, or one’s ideology. The proverb refers to a habit, which is a behavior or way of thinking that is reinforced through repetition. A habit is self-reinforcing. The expression old habits die hard may be used when one slips into an old way of doing things when he is trying to change; not as an excuse, but as an explanation. The expression old habits die hard is also used as an excuse when one doesn’t really wants to change. The origin of the phrase old habits die hard is unknown, but it has been in use at least since 1758 when it appeared in an article penned by Benjamin Franklin. The proverb old habits die hard has steadily risen in popularity since the mid-twentieth century.

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    Examples

    Yes, I should be into a paperless existence now, but old habits die hard. (The Battlefords News-Optimist)

    His journey is not an easy one, as old habits die hard – but the conclusion I found satisfying, and I can only hope that more people can learn to overcome their feelings and actions that are the source of so much pain and misery in our world. (The Lethbridge Herald)

    Old habits die hard and to constantly remind players not to use saliva is going to take someone who is very switched on during the game. (The Hindustan Times)


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