Post by Dingbat Post by Jerry Friedman Post by firstname.lastname@example.org
What's the best way to cite a proverb in a Sentence?
maybe cite was the wrong word when you should you not conspicuously
put the proverb in quotes?
Maybe when people will recognize it.
"Doe has written eloquently and copiously on this subject, since
empty barrels make the most sound, but Roe's simple discussion
deserves more attention."
"Empty vessels" when I heard it.
/holle/lege/ vaten bommen/klinken het /hardst/luidst, to the Dutch.
(lit. /hollow/empty/ /barrels/casks/ /boom/sound/ the loudest.
Curiously the inverse is also used
'lege vaten klinken het holst'
(lit, empty barrels sound the most hollow)
We are all of us familiar with this law from usenet.
Three hollow barrels sounding together
usually suffice to destroy a newsgroup.
The mystery is that it hasn't happened in all cases.
In particular, how has alt.usage.english escaped this fate?