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The Proverbs, Sayings, and Adages Quiz
Do you know your stuff?
Proverbs, sayings, and adages...we hear them all the time, but do you really know them?
Take this quiz on them and find out if you really know what a bird in the hand is worth and what you could be caught between.
Don't forget to have your friends take the quiz to compare and see who is the best.
Take the Adages Quiz
Take the Adages Quiz
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Love adages and sayings and want to know more about them? Check out this book, A Plethora of Platitudes, for more cliché fun.
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Phillips' Book of Great Thoughts & Funny Sayings - A Stupendous Collection of Quotes, Quips, Epigrams, Witticisms, and Humorous Comments
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The Proverbs, Sayings, and Adages on the Quiz
A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush
Caught between a rock and a hard place
Just fell off the turnip truck
As easy as falling off a log
Can't see the forest for the trees
Home is where the heart is
If it ain't broke, don't fix it
Looking for a needle in a haystack
Like two peas in a pod
It's as clear as mud
A Bird in the Hand
A Bird in the Hand
What is a bird in the hand worth?
- An arrow
- A happy thought
- A meal
- Two in the bush
- An egg
A bird in the hand is not worth an arrow, a happy thought, a meal, or an egg, it is worth two in the bush.
Until you actually have a bird in your hand, it isn't worth much since you may not actually be able to get the birds that are in the bush. A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush means that a sure thing is better than the possibility of more.
Don't let that one go to try to catch those other ones, remember, a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.
Caught Between a Rock and a Hard Place
Caught between a rock and what?
- A tough jock
- A fun party
- A wonderful thought
- An unanticipated drama
- A hard place
The saying is being caught between a rock and a hard place and it means to be in a tough spot with nowhere to go. If you are trapped between two impossible choices, you are really stuck. You can't tunnel through the rock and in the other direction there is a hard place which you can't get through either. If you are stuck between a rock and a hard place there's no way to escape.
She couldn't escape that conversation with Ted unless she talked to Barney. That poor girl was caught between a rock and a hard place.
Just Fell Off the Turnip Truck
Falling Off That Turnip Truck
When someone seems naïve, we usually say they just fell off this vegetable delivery vehicle.
- The rutabaga wagon
- The turnip truck
- The squash sedan
- The cantaloupe car
- The potato pickup
Although a rutabaga wagon or a squash sedan would be pretty cool, people that are naive as said to have just fallen off of a turnip truck. It's a way of saying someone seems like a country bumpkin who must have just ridden into town with the harvest.
Wow! I can't believe he bought that fake Rolex, it's like he just fell off of the turnip truck.
As Easy as Falling Off a Log
Falling Off a Log
When something is really easy, we say it's as easy as what?
- Sliding down a slope
- Jumping over a ditch
- Hopping over a tree
- Falling off a log
- Laying down the law
Logs are often sharply curving and covered in moss and gunk, so they're really slippery and easy to fall off of. So when something is super easy to do, we say that it's as easy as falling off a log.
The strange coincidence of this saying is that it almost always ends up the opposite of easy when used. People say this as reassurance that something is easy to do, and it ends up much more difficult than expected.
Don't worry about it! Putting together the crib will be as easy as falling off a log.
Can't See the Forest for the Trees
Forest Full of Trees
What do they say you can't see because the details are in your way?
- Can't see the forest for the trees
- Can't see the herd for the goats
- Can't see tomorrow for today
- Can't see the scores for the game
- Can't see the tree for the leaves
When you can only see details and not the whole picture, they say you can't see the forest for the trees.
She's so upset over him getting married and says it's only because she wants to plan a wedding, not because she's interested in him. I think she just can't see the forest for the trees.
Home is Where the Heart Is
Home is where the heart is
Home is where what is?
- Home is where tomorrow is
- Home is where all your stuff is
- Home is where the tornado hit
- Home is where the heart is
- Home is where you live
Home is where you keep your stuff and where you live, hopefully it's not where the tornado hit and instead is where your tomorrow is, but the saying is that home is where the heart is. It means your family is where your heart resides. Traveling and visiting places is nice, but there is no replacing that one place where you can alwys go and be yourself, home.
I loved visiting Italy but I'm glad to be home. Home is where the heart is.
If It Ain't Broke Don't Fix It
It Ain't Broke
If something ain't broke, don't what?
- Fix it
- Trouble yourself
- Be happy
- Sell it
If it ain't broke, don't fix it. This saying means don't start meddling with something if there's nothing wrong with it. Many times if you start messing with something you will break it even if it wasn't broken before. So, if something is working fine and not in need of repair, don't meddle with it in case you do something that causes it to go wrong.
Darn it, Linda! Stop taking apart our appliances. The toaster was working perfectly yesterday but only toasts on one side today. If it ain't broken, don't fix it!
Like a Needle in a Haystack
When something is tough to find we say looking for it is like what?
- Looking for a horse in a herd
- Looking for a doll in a toy shop
- Looking for a needle in a haystack
- Looking for a clock in a warehouse
- Looking for a marble in a swimming pool
Looking for a needle in a haystack is the idiom. It means to look for something almost impossible to find. A needle is smaller than a piece of straw, and it is a similar shape, so if you were trying to find a needle in a big pile of hay there is very little way to find it other than just looking for nearly forever.
These books are all out of order. I don't know how I'll ever find the right one for my class. It's like a needle in a haystack.
Like Two Peas in a Pod
Peas in a Pod
When things are similar, we say they are as alike as two peas in a what?
- Casserole dish
Two peas in a pod are grown together and are nearly identical. They look the same shape and size and probably even taste the same. So when we want to say things are twins, we say they are two peas in a pod.
Those boys are so cute together! They're always talking and walking alike. Why, they're like two peas in a pod.
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As Clear as Mud
When something is confused, we say it is as clear as what?
The adage is that it is as clear as mud. Obviously, mud is not clear, it is very hard to see through and one of the least clear things there are. Thus when we want to say something is not clear at all, we say it is as clear as mud.
How are we supposed to put this together? These instructions make no sense! They're as clear as mud.
Heavens to Betsy - And Other Curious Sayings
I love all the fun and interesting sayings out there. Some are so strange and it's interesting to see where they come from.
© 2009 Alisha Vargas