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Of or pertaining to the art of writing in any form or style, most especially published works.

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behind every successful man is a woman

Literature; Proverbs

Many men owe their achievements in life to women.

better safe than sorry

Literature; Proverbs

We should be careful in a dangerous situation. It is better to stay safe than to have an accident (and be sorry about it). The full "grammatical" sentence would be: "It is better ...

better the foot slip than the tongue

Literature; Proverbs

It is better to take a bad step in walking than to say the wrong thing in talking. We can do a lot of damage when we say something by mistake. The elliptical nature of this saying ...

better untaught than ill taught

Literature; Proverbs

This proverb drops the verb "to be" (It is better to be untaught than ill taught). We understand: "It is better not to be taught at all than to be taught badly." It's better not ...

beware of a silent man and still water

Literature; Proverbs

A large expanse of water that is still and does not move is often deep and dangerous. We should be careful of it. In the same way, we should be careful with a person who does not ...

birds of a feather flock together

Literature; Proverbs

"Birds of a feather" means "birds of the same type". The whole proverb means that people of the same type or sort stay together. They don't mix with people of another type.

brevity is the soul of wit

Literature; Proverbs

The real art of speaking (especially when speaking humorously) is to use as few words as possible.