wordy wednesday: a stitch in time saves nine

Today’s idiom: a stitch in time saves nine

Meaning: do it now to save yourself more work later

Origin: The phrase first appeared in Gnomologia, Adagies and Proverbs, Wise Sentences and Witty Sayings, Ancient and Modern, Foreign and British by Thomas Fuller in 1732, though it was slightly different: “a stitch in time may save nine.”  It is thought that the first more assured version of the phrase (without the “may”) was written in 1797 by Francis Baily in his Journal, published by Augustus De Morgan in 1856.  Louis May Aloctt, author of Little Women brought the phrase back in the 1800’s.

Sources: phrases. yahoo voices.


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