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Daemon
Posted: Sunday, May 4, 2014 12:00:00 AM
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byword

(noun) A condensed but memorable saying embodying some important fact of experience that is taken as true by many people.

Synonyms: adage, proverb, saw

Usage: I knew a wise man that had it for a byword, when he saw men hasten to a conclusion, "Stay a little, that we may make an end the sooner."
zellij
Posted: Sunday, May 4, 2014 4:44:09 AM

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Adages are authentic records of a nation's cultural heritage. In some developing countries, a vast amount of proverbs are not yet archived. They pertain to an oral savoir faire that is handed down from one generation to another. Colossal work is yet to be done to collect this valuable cultural asset and to protect it from dilapidation.
tintin
Posted: Sunday, May 4, 2014 8:24:58 AM

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what would the difference be between a proverb and a byword, I am guessing not all proverbs are helpful,some are downright useless would this be the same for a byword?
monamagda
Posted: Sunday, May 4, 2014 1:16:46 PM

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The African proverb says : " It takes a Village to raise a child"
I dare to say "It takes a proverb to raise a child"

I grew up listening to my mother's wise proverbs, for every action of my life my mother had always the appropriate proverb, I think my personality is based on proverbs. Many thanks Mom!!
Absurdicuss
Posted: Sunday, May 4, 2014 3:54:55 PM
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Byword is a byword being the resulting advent of bywords.
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