Origin of “the grass is always greener”

Earlier versions of this well-known proverb, according to “writingexplained.org”, include: A Latin proverb cited by Erasmus of Rotterdam was translated into English by Richard Taverner in 1545, as: “The corne in an other mans ground semeth euer more fertyll and plentifull then doth oure own.” (The corn in another man’s ground seems ever more fertile … Read more

Is the proverb “it’s not over until the fat lady sings” offensive?

The proverb “it’s not/it ain’t over until the fat lady sings” is generally understood to be referencing the stereotypically overweight sopranos of the opera (according to Wikipedia). I’ve got a feeling that the proverb is offensive to female opera singers because it seems to stress that they weigh too much. That’s why I’d prefer “it’s … Read more

What does “I like the direction of this” mean?

Context: After I suggested something, someone replied with: “I actually like the direction of this.”. Answer It means he/she doesn’t actually like the suggestion directly, rather the idea behind the suggestion. Your suggestion may not be the perfect fit, but it is pointing to some valid solution. Or your suggestion is useful with some modification. … Read more

Someone who “despite the disgrace, still refuses to admit mistake and instead portrays the event as a victory”

What is the English idiom, expression, or proverb to express that even if I am proved wrong by all the members in the room, still I flaunt a false pride as if nothing happened? In Hindi, there is a saying, "Gire to gire phir bhi tang upar!" which literally means "Even if you fell, still … Read more

Origin of “the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree”

According to the following source the adage The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree originated in AmE in the first half of the 19th century: The first recorded use in the USA was by Ralph Waldo Emerson in 1839, one of America’s best known 19th century figures. But they also add that: Versions of … Read more

Is there an english proverb/idiom/phrase for this translation?

English is my second language and I was wondering if there is a proverb/idiom/phrase for this proverb/idiom in my language which directly translates to: “Only who suffers can understand that suffering” Answer I don’t think either of these fit the description either. I complained my shoes were too tight, until I met a man with … Read more