What did you say?

I don’t pretend to be a master of the English language, but I do love a good ‘saying’ and there’s plenty of them out there.  Here are a select few which I use on a regular basis and some that are a bit odd:

– ‘A bad workman always blames his tools’ – I’ve done this on many an occasion, especially when doing DIY around the house.

– ‘A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush’ – Errrr….not really sure what that means – potentially that you should hold on to what you have and not risk it for greater reward???

– ‘Absence makes the heart grow fonder’ – yeah, but it depends on how long you’re talking about, my other half loves it when I bugger off for a few hours.

– ‘A cat has nine lives’ – not the ones I’ve had.

– ‘A chain is only as strong as its weakest link’ – Teamwork people.

– ‘Actions speak louder than words’ – be a doer and stop talking so much – I probably should take my own advice here.

– ‘A drowning man will clutch at a straw’ – not an issue there due to the amount of plastic straws in the ocean.

Language is ever-evolving and new words and sayings enter into speech on a daily basis.  Added to this the way in which we communicate this language through nuances such as dialect, colloquialisms and accents, then you’ve got a fascinating blend.

At OX Seven we try and communicate in a way that promotes engagement in order to open up a dialogue with others.  Our job adverts are a prime example of this, so please feel free to have a perusal through them on our website (make sure you do this).

So as a takeaway from this have a think about how you use language, the words you use, the way in which you deliver them and your audience – I think there’s merit in it.


Adam Williams

Technical & Engineering Consultant

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