ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Ten English Proverbs and Sayings About Eggs

Updated on January 28, 2019
Diana Grant profile image

I'm fascinated by words, nuances of meanings & ideas. I have always enjoyed reading, language, and writing, from poetry to very long letters


If you don't know all these proverbs and sayings about eggs, this web page will help you to improve your English

The English Language is very rich in metaphors, proverbs and sayings. Pick on any common object, and it is quite likely that there will be a saying or proverb about it. Without too much difficulty, I have managed to think of ten sayings about eggs. See how many you can remember.

If your home language is English, I hope this web page will amuse you, and if you are a student of English, learning to speak English as a second language (ESL or ESOL , TESOL or even TSL ), you should find this list of sayings about eggs very helpful.

Where Have All The Bad Eggs Gone?

Speaking of eggs, have you noticed that you hardly ever find any bad eggs these days? I remember being taught in my youth that you should always break eggs into separate conainers, to avoid contaminating all your good eggs with one rotten egg. And yet I haven't come across a bad egg for years - I suppose that is because of better quality control before distribution.

And boy do bad eggs stink - sulphurated hydrogen is a smell which clings to your mind forever. But, as I said, I haven't found one for years - I always take a risk and break all the eggs over one container, pouring them all in together.

This recent absence of bad eggs must be something to do with the modern methods of feeding and farming chickens, or the speed with which eggs travel from the farm to reach our breakfast table.

However, having said that, my experience is that eggs do actually last a whole lot longer than their "sell-by date". I used to travel by liner on a two-week journey to visit my parents who lived abroad, and even on the return journey, all the eggs fed to passengers were British, which infers that they must have lasted somewhat more than four weeks.

Nonetheless, imagine my disgust, then, when I went into my shed the other day and smelt that smell. Ugh! I thought there must be a dead rat in there. But I traced it to a tied up plastic bag – and what was in that bag? I opened it gingerly to discover.....what?

Have you guessed? Yes, eggshells which I had saved all over Winter, to put on the garden in Spring. The smell almost bowled me over.

Did you know that eggshells leach a chemical, calcium, which is nourishing to plants? And, furthermore, eggshells are reputed to deter slugs, as slugs don’t like sharp things like sand and broken eggshells, which scratch their delicate little bodies. Maybe it works, but I can’t say I have noticed an appreciable difference when I sprinkled egg shells in my garden.

A Rather Strong Reaction To The Smell Of Bad Eggs:

A State of Collapse
A State of Collapse | Source

Proverbs And Sayings About Eggs: No.1

You can’t make an omelette without breaking eggs -

In order to reach your goal, it is necessary to do unpleasant things

e.g. "The situation in Syria is devastating, and there will be no real winners, because you can't make an omelette without breaking eggs, and people are going to get hurt




Proverbs And Sayings About Eggs: No. 2

A good egg -

A decent or good person

e.g. "He's kind and generous, even to strangers - he's a real good egg"


Proverbs And Sayings About Eggs: No. 3

A bad egg or a rotten egg -

A bad or very unpleasant person with criminal tendencies

e.g. "Not many people were sad when Charles Manson" died, because he was a bad egg"


A Bad Egg


Proverbs And Sayings About Eggs:No. 4

An Egghead –

Someone clever

e.g. "It takes an egghead like Einstein to discover the theory of relativity"


Three Eggheads


Proverbs And Sayings About Eggs: No. 5

To get egg on his face -

To be caught doing something stupid

e.g. " When Trump said America would build a wall to separate USA from Mexico and make Mexico pay for it, to some extent he was caught with egg on his face, because Mexico refused to pay for it"


Proverbs And Sayings About Eggs: No. 6

Which came first, the chicken or the egg? -

Describing something which is a connundrum or a circular argument

e.g. "You need experience to get a good job, and you need a good job to get experience - it's a chicken and egg situation, that is, which comes first, the chicken or the egg?"


Eggs Boiling


Proverbs And Sayings About Eggs: No. 7

Walking on eggshells -

Having to act carefully in order not to upset someone

e.g. "My husband is so sensitive that trying not to upset him is like walking on eggshells"


Proverbs And Sayings About Eggs: No. 8

Eggshell paint –

A type of paint with a texture somewhere between matt and gloss

e.g. "I prefer egg shell paint to gloss because, although washable, it is not as shiny as gloss paint"


Proverbs And Sayings About Eggs: No. 9

To egg someone on -

To encourage someone fairly forcefully

e.g. "Egged on by his trainer and admirers, Usain Bolt is the fastest runner in the world"


Proverbs And Sayings About Eggs: No. 10

It smells like rotten eggs –

There's something suspicious or fraudulent going on....very apt for the current political situation in many parts of the world, I fear.

e.g. "Jacob Zuma, the African president, built an additional swimming pool on the edge of his multi-million pound estate which he said was to protect him against interlopers, but that smells like rotten eggs to me"


Rotten Eggs


I've Just Thought Of One More Proverb About Eggs Whilst Editing This Page:

No. 11 To be Hard-Boiled

This describes someone who is tough

e.g. "She's hard-boiled and would not be afraid of any of your threats"


Now see my tips on How to Make Scrambled Egg - Easy Recipe - I think you'll enjoy it, and you might learn something new.

And Here is my secret of How to Make an Omelette

Hard Boiled Eggs


Do You Remember Dunking Your Bread Into Your Boiled Egg?

Dunking Soldier
Dunking Soldier | Source

This Is My Poem About Eggs And Soldiers -


Eggs and Soldiers

Eggs and Soldiers

Munchy munch they go

Tap tap tap

And crack crack crack

To open eggy neatly

Spread your bread

And sprinkle salt

Then eat your food politely

Little fellow

Dipped in yellow

Dunky dunk I go

Now his head is bitten off

His jacket coated gold

And crystal white his salty eggs –

Don’t let your egg get cold!

© Diana Grant

Take This Poll - How do You Like Your Eggs?

What's your favorite way to eat eggs?

See results

A Play on Words About Eggs: For Eggsample Eglantine, the Eggcentric Egg

Tote Bag Designed by me on Zazzle
Tote Bag Designed by me on Zazzle | Source

A Silly Video - I Love it - Hope You do Too

© 2012 Diana Grant

Please Leave A Comment Or Question - I Would Be Eggstatic to Hear From People

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • profile image

      Karen B 

      2 years ago

      I knew all these! Shared the page with a friend who is working on a book about Egg Cookery.

    • Gina Welds-Hulse profile image

      Gina Welds Hulse 

      2 years ago from Rockledge, Florida

      Angela Lansbury played a very eccentric character in Bedknobs and Broomsticks by the name of Eglantine. Her name makes perfect sense now. I never made the connection until now...and I've seen the movie many times. It is one of my favorite since middle school days, and my kids love it, also.

    • Kristen Howe profile image

      Kristen Howe 

      3 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Good for you!

    • Diana Grant profile imageAUTHOR

      Diana Grant 

      3 years ago from London

      I enjoyed writing it, and especially doing the drawing that accompanied it

    • Diana Grant profile imageAUTHOR

      Diana Grant 

      3 years ago from London

      That's a new one to me

    • Kristen Howe profile image

      Kristen Howe 

      3 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Diana, great poem on the egg. Good hub on English proverbs and sayings on eggs. Thanks for sharing!

    • profile image

      Gibson Mupeyo 

      3 years ago

      This is my saying using eggs as metaphor.

      "Do not drop an egg unless the yolk is used" - Gibson Mupeyo, 17 February 2016.

      This means life is precious and should be cherished.

    • Les Trois Chenes profile image

      Les Trois Chenes 

      5 years ago from Videix, Limousin, South West France

      My son introduced me to The Annoying Orange and (with exceptions) I love them. This eggs video is super! I like your poem too.

    • Diana Grant profile imageAUTHOR

      Diana Grant 

      6 years ago from London

      I think you are right, sashenikainderby - I will have to put in some examples at some time in the future!

    • sashenikainderby profile image


      6 years ago

      I found this hub very useful because English is not my first language and I try to learn proverbs but it could be better if you used them with examples. Thank you very much and I am looking forward to reading more of your hubs.

    • dilipchandra12 profile image

      Dilip Chandra 

      7 years ago from India

      I like this Egg hub :) :) Well written, nice hub. Voted UP

    • Diana Grant profile imageAUTHOR

      Diana Grant 

      7 years ago from London

      Thanks snakeslane - I'm eggstatic with your reply and will take eggstra care to make sure my eggs are not all in one basket.

    • snakeslane profile image

      Verlie Burroughs 

      7 years ago from Canada

      Hello Diana Grant, this was eggciting (sorry). You must be a good egg, sharing your egg stories. I hope you haven't put all your eggs in one basket, ha ha, what fun, now I am egging you on! Regards snakeslane


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)