A Word to the Wise???

Real Estate Agent with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - C. Dan Joyner 21498

You’ve no doubt heard the expression, “A word to the wise…” followed by some sage piece of advice or information intended to direct a person on their way, avoiding some otherwise unforeseen pitfall. The idea is that the person to whom you are speaking is “wise” enough to pick up on your message without it having to be expounded upon at great length.

Otherwise, “A word the wise,” followed by good advice would make little sense. Why would you impart good advice to an already wise person? Presumably, a wise person is able to navigate the labyrinth of life without a lot of sage advice. It is everyone else who needs “the word,” not the wise.

So what would that look like?  “A word to the fool…?” or “A word to the idiot…?”  Maybe. I’m not sure. But after all, isn’t that who needs sage advice most of all? Fools and idiots? Fools who fall in love and let their hearts lead them into foolish predicaments? And idiots who do stupid things like burn themselves trying to light 500 sparklers all at one time in their hand?

Perhaps these things could be averted with a simple tip: ”A word to the idiot…if you try to light 500 sparklers in your hand all at once, you are going to be badly burned.”

Or, “A word to the fool…if you fall…”

Ah, there’s no use…we’re all fools for love.

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Scott Warga
ACSI American Construction Specialists & Investigations - Gilbert, AZ

A fool learns from their experiences, A wise person learns from others.

Jan 06, 2011 01:28 PM #1
Jim Palmer
Chipola Realty - Chipley Office (850) 638-2777 - Sunny Hills, FL
Washington County, Florida

Now Sheila...why did you tell your husband that it would be a good idea to light 500 sparklers in his hand at one time??

Ahhh, but based on your comment on my last blog, I know now where your blogs come from!!

Jan 06, 2011 01:43 PM #2
Matt Grohe
RE/MAX Concepts - Des Moines, IA
Serving the metro since 2003

Perhaps it is the wise who heed advice while the less than sagacious believe they know best in all cases.

Jan 06, 2011 03:46 PM #3
Erby Crofutt
B4 U Close Home Inspections&Radon Testing (www.b4uclose.com) - Lexington, KY
The Central Kentucky Home Inspector, Lexington KY

I don't know where it came from or why, but my Daddy sure used it a lot.  I never understood it either.  I just knew when he said it, I'd dang well better listen.

Jan 07, 2011 11:25 AM #4
Jason Channell
Diadem Property Inspections - Serving Southeast Michigan - Troy, MI
The House Sleuth

You are too funny. That reminds me of other strange sayings... "No offense, but..." apparantly gives someone the right to follow up with something completely offensive.

Jan 07, 2011 02:33 PM #5
Sheila Newton Team Anderson & Greenville SC
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - C. Dan Joyner - Anderson, SC
Selling the Upstate since 1989

Hi Scott...I'm not sure I agree that a fool learns from his experiences, but I'm definately on board with wise people learning from others.  : )

Hey Jim...it's great to have you on board! Welcome! As for the 500 sparklers -- for the record, I did NOT say that that was my husband! (But I should tell you that it was BEYOND funny...he is such an idiot sometimes!! HAHA!!!) And you are correct...it's all real >>> you can't make this stuff up!

Hi Matt...I think you are spot on with your suggestion. Now stop using words I have to look up.  ; ) HaHa! Thanks for dropping in!

Hi Erby...My guess is that a lot of folks have that very experience...unclear on the details, but very clear on the "I'd better listen." Thanks for stopping by!

Jason! You popped in while I was responding! "No offense, but..." HAHAHA!!! I hadn't thought of that one...that is hilarious!

Jan 07, 2011 02:42 PM #6
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