Preposterous Proverbs


The author Max Cryer presents wry observations on the meaning and truth of some of the most interesting ‘Cats (of course do not) have nine lives.’ and head-scratching ‘A dead bee maketh no honey.’ preposterous proverbs.

A fair description of this tricky to define concept may be:

Proverb: an expression which, in a few words, encapsulates a perceived piece of analysis or advice which is applicable within a particular cultural context, and regarded as wisdom through having been entrenched in usage for many years.

The word ‘proverb’ summons an involuntary respect with its implication of moral authority gained from traditional historic wisdom. This ‘wisdom’ of everything called a proverb might have worked well in a bygone era, but in the cold clear light of the 21st century, the advice given in some proverbs is open to question.

These days the camera certainly can lie.

Also an alarming number of proverbs blatantly contradict each other. Is ‘Out of sight out of mind’? or does ‘Absence make the heart grow fonder’? (A 20th century update also exists: ‘Absence makes the heart grow fonder – for someone else.’)

Preposterous Proverbs presents several hundred from around the world for your consideration, with some adages, maxims, and epigrams creeping in. Preposterous Proverbs can be opened at any page, with witty examinations of often heard and repeated proverbs for everyone who believes ‘It is not healthy to swallow a book without chewing.’



The size of Preposterous Proverbs is 198 x 126 mm.

Preposterous Proverbs is a paperback with 272 pages.

ISBN 978 1 921497 45 2