saying n : a word or phrase that particular people use in particular situations; "pardon the expression" [syn: expression, locution]
- Rhymes: -eɪɪŋ
proverb or maxim
- Catalan: dita , proverbi
- Czech: rčení , přísloví
- Dutch: gezegde , spreekwoord
- French: proverbe
- German: Sprichwort
- Greek: απόφθεγμα, παροιμία
- Hungarian: mondás, közmondás, szólásmondás
- Interlingua: dicto, proverbio
- Italian: proverbio
- Polish: powiedzenie
- Portuguese: ditado, provérbio
- Romanian: zicală , proverb
- Russian: пoслoвицa (poslóvica) , пoгoвoркa (pogovórka)
- Serbian: poslovica, izreka
- Slovak: rčenie, príslovie
- Spanish: dicho, proverbio
- Swedish: ordspråk , ordstäv (dated)
- present participle of say
A saying is something that is said, notable in one respect or another.
Another definition: a saying “is the simple, direct term for any pithy expression of wisdom or truth." From “When is a Pig a Hog?: A Guide to Confoundingly Related English Words” by Bernice Randall (Galahad Books, New York, 1991).
Depending on the aspects of the notability, there are a number of synonyms, or flavors of the notion:
- Apothegm. “…an edgy, more cynical aphorism; such as, ‘Men are generally more careful of the breed of their horses and dogs than of their children.’" From “What’s the Difference? A Compendium of Commonly Confused and Misused Words” by Jeff Rovin (Ballantine Books, New York, 1994).
- Aphorism. A concise definition, notably memorable.
- Adage. An aphorism that has gained credibility by virtue of long use.
- Chestnut. A long-used and well-known story, comment, or quote.
- Cliché. An overly commonplace, hackneyed or trite saying.
- Epigram. A poetic form of comment on a particular idea, occurrence, or person.
- Epithet. A descriptive word or phrase that has become a popular formulation.
- Gnome (Greek: gnome, from gignoskein, to know). A type of saying, especially an aphorism or a maxim, that is designed to provide instruction in a compact form.
- Idiom. “…an expression whose meaning can’t be derived simply by hearing it, such as ‘Kick the bucket.’” From “What’s the Difference? A Compendium of Commonly Confused and Misused Words” by Jeff Rovin (Ballantine Books, New York, 1994).
- Mantra. A religious or mystical syllable or poetic phrase.
- Maxim. A principle or rule. A maxim is a wise saying, especially one intended to advise or recommend a course of conduct. In comparison to its approximate synonyms: saying, adage, saw, motto, epigram, proverb, aphorism, the term maxim stresses the succinct formulation of an ultimate truth, a fundamental principle, or a rule of conduct. The word derives from the Latin word maximus, "greatest", via an expression maxima propositio, "greatest premise".
- Motto. A concise expression of motivation.
- Platitude. A flat, insipid, trite, or weak remark.
- Proverb. An expression of practical truth or wisdom.
- Quip. A witty or funny observation.
- Saw. A saying that is commonplace, longstanding and occasionally trite.
- Witticism. A smart saying, notable for its form or style rather than its content.
saying in French: Dicton
saying in Hindi: सुभाषित
saying in Macedonian: Изрека
saying in Narom: Diton
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