Since my last post was about mathematics, I thought we'd work on our active vocabulary in today's post. I have a fun list of two dozen common sayings expressed with high falutin words. Some people take a special ghoulish delight in using big words that others don't know. For instance, the saying "Pulchritude possesses solely cutaneous profundity" is more commonly known as "beauty is only skin deep." See how many of the sayings below you can figure out.
The first two were written by Frank and Lillian Gilbreth — of Cheaper by the Dozen fame — to assist their children in increasing their vocabulary. They were able to get them to rhyme.
A futile superfluity of culinary aid destroys nutritious liquids of osseous tissues made.
Never enumerate ere fractured are the shells of bipeds gallinaceous, lest suddenly thy calculations prove utterly fallacious.
Now on to my list:
1. Members of an avian species of identical plumage congregate.
2. Selecting on the part of mendicants must be interdicted.
3. Surveillance should precede saltation.
4. That prudent avis that matutinally deserts the cosiness of its abode will ensnare a vermiculate creature.
5. It is fruitless to become lachrymose over precipitously departed lacteal fluid.
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