USAGE: glittering gold (was: phat/vet/fat)
|From:||John Cowan <jcowan@...>|
|Date:||Saturday, July 13, 2002, 19:37|
Thomas R. Wier scripsit:
> Um... that's not peculiar to America. It's found throughout the
> English-speaking world. You've read your Tolkien, right? If so,
> you would know he uses it there in one of the LotR series of books.
Actually not: he says something quite different from the usual proverb
"All that glitters is not gold" = "Not all that glitters is gold" =
"Some things that glitter are not gold" = "Some things are not as good
as they seem".
The poem says "All that is gold does not glitter" = "Not all gold things
glitter" = "Some things that are gold do not glitter" = "Some things
are much better than they seem".
Mark Twain's miner in _Roughing It_ tells us that *nothing* that glitters
is gold, at least in its natural state.
John Cowan <jcowan@...>
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