Proverbs about lies: the meaning of certain phrases
Russian language has a lot of proverbs ondifferent cases of life: about love and friendship, evil and good, courage and cowardice, about loyalty and betrayal ... A special place in this row is taken by proverbs about lying. What is the history of the origin of these sayings?
What are proverbs?
Proverb - a short aphorism that came "frompeople ". As a rule, one or another life situation is played in it, a concrete phenomenon is mocked, a human defect. Folk sayings come in both prose and rhyming among themselves from two parts.
Proverbs have been counting from antiquity. The first collections of Russian folk sayings date back to the twelfth century, but in ancient Egypt, for example, they even arose before our era! Ancient Russian chronicles and works that have survived to our days, for example, "The Lay of Igor's Host", are also a storehouse of wise aphorisms.
Later proverbs appeared thanks toclassical Russian works and authors - Pushkin, Krylov and Griboedov and others contributed a lot to this. We may not even know that this or that popular phrase is based on an equally famous fable or fairy tale. The famous collector of proverbs was Vladimir Ivanovich Dahl, who called them "the vault of folk wisdom."
How does the proverb differ from the proverb?
Often people confuse proverbs and sayings. These genres are very similar, but nevertheless there are differences between them. Both of them refer to folklore (that is, oral folk art), but the proverb has an instructive meaning, an order, and in the saying - no. "Without difficulty, you will not pull out the fish from the pond" - this is a proverb, it teaches you not to be lazy. "Seven Fridays in the week" is a saying, there is no instruction in it. In addition, sayings do not rhyme.
The meaning of proverbs about lies and truth
As already mentioned, sayings about lies - someof the most common in our culture. Of course, it is impossible to tell the story and the true meaning of all existing proverbs about lies - there are too many of them. But some examples lead quite realistically. After all, often we do not even know the essence of the phrase we are talking about!
- Lies have glass legs.
Explain the meaning of this proverb can be with the help of another: "All the secret always becomes clear."
- True eye pricks.
The truth may not be very pleasant, and then you do not want to know it, and the reaction to it can be down to aggressive.
- Meli, Emelya, it's your week.
Usually this phrase is spoken when one does not believe a person, or when he pronounces an obvious lie, a fable.
- Do not respect the rank, but the person in his truth.
This means that even if you are rich, but constantly say untruth, you will be treated worse than a poor person, but honest.
- Varvara is my aunt, but really my sister.
Sincerity is valued above any relationship.
- Everyone is looking for the truth, but not everyone does it.
Everyone wants to be honest with him, but not everyone himself has this quality.
- Once lied, who will believe you.
This means that if you were caught in lies at least once, there will be no more confidence or less.
- Better a bitter truth than a sweet lie.
The truth is hard-hitting, it's hard to endure, but even this is better than being ignorant and staying with your nose.
- Do not love, do not listen, but do not bother to lie.
If you doubt the words of a person, but his wrong or intentional lies are not proven, you should not say anything - it can turn against you.
- The mouth of the baby is true.
Children - the purest creatures, as a rule, they are naive and unsophisticated, do not know how to lie, while adults often use lies to achieve any of their own selfish goals.
- The truth in the fire does not burn and does not sink in the water.
No matter how much one wants to deceive a person and hide the true state of things from him, the truth will eventually come out sooner or later.
English proverbs about lies
Not only Russian folklore is rich in folklorewisdom. Proverbs about lies, of course, exist in other languages. Since the most common is English, we will quote several sayings from Britain (of course, in translation). They are also quite interesting.
- From human untruth does not go away.
- Liars must have a good memory.
- A liar is not believed when he speaks the truth.
- Truth and murder will come to freedom.
- Not all the truth is pronounced.
- Lies give birth to lies.
- The truth is more strange than fiction.
Thus, any language is rich in its culture.