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Can you name the famous people whose names rhyme with the word that normally completes these adages?
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Note that one adage used here has two versions. The 'oil' version is NOT the one used to create the rhyme.
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A stitch in time saves _____
Stooge named Larry
Never judge a book by its _____
Lethal Weapon actor
You can't teach an old dog new _____
Fleetwood Mac singer
You can lead a horse to water but you can't make it _____
'So What' musician
A rolling stone gathers no _____
Purported flag sewer
Loose _____ sink ships
Knight's backup group
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of _____
The squeaky wheel gets the _____
Monty Python member
Don't put the _____ before the horse
20th C. French philosopher
Claim to Fame
Birds of a feather _____ together
Austrian gun maker
What goes up must come _____
Spare the rod and spoil the _____
Dorian Gray author
To err is _____, to forgive divine
20th C. US President
____ is thicker than water
Cut off your _____ to spite your face
Baseball hits leader
The grass is always _____ on the other side of the fence
There's more than one way to _____ a cat
NY Basketball sensation
Where there's a _____ there's a way
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Mar 5th, 2012 at 04:17 GMT
Give Hejman a fish, he eats for a day. Teach Hejman to fish...No, wait. Don't count your chickens before they're Hejman. Crap, I'm bad at this.
Mar 5th, 2012 at 04:29 GMT
I'm rubber and you're glue. Whatever you say bounces off me and sticks to dru?
Mar 5th, 2012 at 04:36 GMT
Sorry, sorry. Definitely too hutch of a good thing.
Mar 5th, 2012 at 19:11 GMT
I was was taught by a philosophical farmer not to put DESCARTES in front of the horse....
Mar 5th, 2012 at 19:16 GMT
(Oh, and speaking of "Fleetwood", can you teach an old dog new Micks?)... Really fun game Hejman!
Mar 12th, 2012 at 14:50 GMT
@needsapausebutton: yes, but "Descartes" doesn't rhyme with "cart".
Mar 13th, 2012 at 15:03 GMT
I'd recommend changing "flag sewer" to "flag seamstress." I couldn't figure out how trash and sewage related to a flag...
Mar 14th, 2012 at 16:18 GMT
Just how does "Sartre" rhyme with "cart"?
Mar 14th, 2012 at 16:19 GMT
@TheEquivocator: you're mistaken, it does, "Sartre" doesn't
Mar 15th, 2012 at 13:48 GMT
@PurppuraSuihku- Because the correct French pronunciation of it stresses the first 'r' and not the second as you can hear here: http://www.forvo.com/word/jean-paul_sartre/, here: http://www.howjsay.com/index.php?word=Jean-Paul+Sartre or here: http://heracleums.org/tools/pronunciation/fr/of/Jean-Paul_Sartre/. There is, of course, just the hint of a 'ruh' at the end when it is spoken by a proper French speaker.
Mar 20th, 2012 at 20:50 GMT
"Bugs'" should be spelled "Bugs's"; the former means the enemy of collective insects (what I thought you meant) while the latter means the enemy of one singular entity named Bugs. Otherwise a wonderful quiz!
Mar 21st, 2012 at 13:55 GMT
@JayHankEdLyon- Both Diana Hacker in 'A Writer's Reference' and Strunk & White's 'Elements of Style' suggest that the apostrophe s should not be used in cases where it would make the pronunciation difficult or clumsy, such as would be the case with "Bugses". John Warriner, in his 'English Grammar and Composition' is even more forgiving, suggesting that both uses are always acceptable and there is no hard and fast rule when creating the possessive form of a proper noun ending in 's'.
Mar 25th, 2012 at 18:30 GMT
I really like this concept, but there are a couple of entries that don't work quite as well as the rest of them do. For me,
doesn't rhyme with
(although I recognize that for many speakers it does—but it's always nice to be able to find ones where the rhyme is pan-dialectal). And John Cleese pronounces his last name to rhyme with
i.e., with a /z/ sound rather than the /s/ of (the noun)
May 14th, 2013 at 21:11 GMT
Blame it on my not anglicizing the names, but I could only come up with Barthes for 20th-c. French philosopher. You should accept Barthes, though, as it fits the clue and actually is a better rhyme: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roland_Barthes
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