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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@...> Charles li reis, nostre emperesdre magnes, Set anz totz pleinz ad ested in Espagnes.