Do you have this proverb in English?

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  • Tonka 23 Jan 2013 07:38:06 22,818 posts
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    In Sweden we have a very handy and popular proverb that goes something like this:

    "What you lack in your head, you need in your legs"

    Meaning that when you forget stuff at home or in the office you'll need to go back and get it.
  • Dirtbox 23 Jan 2013 07:47:49 81,283 posts
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    No.
  • Telepathic.Geometry 23 Jan 2013 07:55:08 11,789 posts
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    Well, we have "A stitch in time saves nine" which is similar in that it means if you don't take care and pay attention while you're doing something, you'll end up having to spend much more time and energy fixing your mistake later...
  • Tonka 23 Jan 2013 08:05:14 22,818 posts
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    @Telepathic.Geometry Good one.

    Haven't seen you in ages btw. Thought you'd quit.
  • smoothpete 23 Jan 2013 08:07:14 32,164 posts
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    I suppose notionally similar in some way to "more haste, less speed" and "measure twice, cut once"
  • sport 23 Jan 2013 08:13:24 13,040 posts
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    Quite similar to "Bird no make nest in bare tree".
  • neilka Funniest Forumite, 2014 23 Jan 2013 08:13:43 17,009 posts
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    "Many a mickle makes a muckle"
  • Tonka 23 Jan 2013 08:14:33 22,818 posts
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    sport wrote:
    Quite similar to "Bird no make nest in bare tree".
    Is it?
  • mrpon 23 Jan 2013 08:15:41 30,428 posts
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    "Fail to prepare, prepare to fail"
  • sport 23 Jan 2013 08:20:14 13,040 posts
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    Tonka wrote:
    sport wrote:
    Quite similar to "Bird no make nest in bare tree".
    Is it?
    Yeah, roughly translated, it means that if you forget stuff at home or in the office you'll need to go back and get it.
  • Fab4 23 Jan 2013 08:26:21 6,654 posts
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    Its a bit like "Better looking at it, than looking for it."

    Edited by Fab4 at 08:26:56 23-01-2013
  • neilka Funniest Forumite, 2014 23 Jan 2013 08:27:05 17,009 posts
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    "Nice to see you, to see you nice"
  • smoothpete 23 Jan 2013 08:28:16 32,164 posts
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    He who questions training only trains himself at asking questions.
  • Salaman 23 Jan 2013 08:28:16 20,415 posts
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    Tonka wrote:
    In Sweden we have a very handy and popular proverb that goes something like this:

    "What you lack in your head, you need in your legs"

    Meaning that when you forget stuff at home or in the office you'll need to go back and get it.
    I can't think of the right phrasing for the life of me but there is a Flemish saying that goes along the lines of "what the head neglects, the legs have to compensate or suffer or something similar"
    It's bugging me now.

    I tried googling but just found umpteen different proverbs with "head".

    Like this variation on "don't throw bricks in a glass house": if you have butter on your forehead you should stay out of the sun.

    Can't say I have ever heard anyone use it.
  • graysonavich 23 Jan 2013 08:28:19 7,642 posts
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    sport wrote:
    Quite similar to "Bird no make nest in bare tree blud ya get me".
  • smoothpete 23 Jan 2013 08:30:14 32,164 posts
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    Salaman wrote:
    Like this variation on "don't throw bricks in a glass house": if you have butter on your forehead you should stay out of the sun.
    Eh? I don't get that one at all..
  • neilka Funniest Forumite, 2014 23 Jan 2013 08:30:29 17,009 posts
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    smoothpete wrote:
    He who questions training only trains himself at asking questions.
    Why am I wearing these watermelons?!
  • cubbymoore 23 Jan 2013 08:30:57 36,510 posts
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    Now then, now then.
  • sport 23 Jan 2013 08:34:37 13,040 posts
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    smoothpete wrote:
    Salaman wrote:
    Like this variation on "don't throw bricks in a glass house": if you have butter on your forehead you should stay out of the sun.
    Eh? I don't get that one at all..
    Pretty obvious pete, don't go out in hot weather with a lump of butter on your head or it'll melt on your face - words to live by imo.
  • Telepathic.Geometry 23 Jan 2013 08:35:54 11,789 posts
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    @Tonka: I've been sequestered over on VG24/7 for a while now. Nice to see ya again... /tips hat
  • cubbymoore 23 Jan 2013 08:36:39 36,510 posts
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    But like the butter is metaphorical, not real. So any dripping into the eyes will be imaginary.
  • Salaman 23 Jan 2013 08:37:35 20,415 posts
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    smoothpete wrote:
    Salaman wrote:
    Like this variation on "don't throw bricks in a glass house": if you have butter on your forehead you should stay out of the sun.
    Eh? I don't get that one at all..
    Me neither to be honest. It's mostly used in Holland, especially politicians seem to find it a a handy saying when under siege from opposition parties/members. Although these days they usually say the first part about the buttered forehead and leave out the "in the sun" bit.
  • Deleted user 23 January 2013 08:40:47
    smoothpete wrote:
    Salaman wrote:
    Like this variation on "don't throw bricks in a glass house": if you have butter on your forehead you should stay out of the sun.
    Eh? I don't get that one at all..
    They both basically mean 'if you have a vulnerability, don't expose it', but the latter one is much shitter.
  • boo 23 Jan 2013 08:45:43 12,119 posts
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    But wouldn't the butter temporarily act as a sort of natural sunblock?

    Or do you just end up with a lightly basted head?

    Edited by boo at 08:46:01 23-01-2013
  • Deleted user 23 January 2013 08:47:50
    Actually yes, next time you sunbath you should definitely cover yourself in butter. It's an excellent sun block. Good point.
  • dufftownallan 23 Jan 2013 08:48:55 4,723 posts
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    neilka wrote:
    "Many a mickle makes a muckle"
    doric
    I thought I was the only one....
  • Salaman 23 Jan 2013 08:51:25 20,415 posts
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    If you do try sunbathing in butter boo, make sure you lie on a huge sheet of tin foil.

    Here's one I don't think exists in English either:
    - to pin something on someone's sleeve to feed them bullshit
  • sport 23 Jan 2013 08:53:11 13,040 posts
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    kalel wrote:
    Actually yes, next time you sunbath you should definitely cover yourself in butter. It's an excellent sun block. Good point.
    I've seen people cover themselves in olive oil while sunbathing. Could practically hear the sizzling.
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