Where Have All The Clever Literate Sayings Gone?

A rolling stone gathers no moss.

It was the phrase that launched a thousand ships, if by “ships” I mean a whole bunch of other clever literate sayings like “don’t throw rocks in glass houses,” “a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush,” and “don’t look a gift horse in the mouth.” The kinds of sayings that require a little bit of research, a little bit of smarts and a little bit of plain ‘ol everyday muscle grease to get to the bottom of their meanings. And yet here we find ourselves in 2007 with hardly any new ones to impress our friends with.

And so I say — where have all the clever literate sayings gone?