Gobbledygook Proverbs


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Students translate as many of the gobbledygook proverbs as possible back into the common proverbs they came from.

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Gobbledygook Proverbs

  1. 1. GOBBLEDYGOOK PROVERBS Translate as many of the following proverbs as possible back into the common proverbs they came from. 1. A rotating fragment of minerals collects no plants of the class Musci. 2. Exercise your visual facilities prior to executing a jump. 3. An excess of individuals skilled in the preparation of edibles impairs the quality of a thin derivative of meat. 4. A feathered biped in the terminal part of the arm equals in value a pair of feathered bipeds in densely branched shrubbery. 5. Everything is legitimate in matters pertaining to ardent affection and armed conflict between nations. 6. The herbage is customarily more verduous on the diametrical selvage of the property division. 7. A single unit of a seam properly distributed at the correct measure of duration will maintain a square root of 81. 8. Feathered bipeds in their segregated environment associate with a high degree of amiability. 9. Any object that ascends into the stratosphere irrevocably and inevitably descends to terra firma. 10. Reclining early on one’s couch and rising with the sun creates one who is salutary, opulent, and erudite. 11. Taciturnity is aurous. 12. Superfluous chronological dispatch institutes riddance of valued effects. 13. There’s no sense demanding attention by loud screeches over fallen white liquid derived from the lactic glands of a female bovine. 14. Splintered wood and mineral chunks can rupture my skeletal system, but nomenclatures do not injure me. 15. Monetary exchange is the source of everything sinful. 16. Visualizing is the equivalent of having faith. 17. Pulchritude pertains solely to the epidermis. 18. Immature homo sapiens should be endowed with visibility but not oral facilities. 19. If primary failure is imminent, new attempts should be made repetitiously. 20. A ferrous alloy rope fashioned of interlocking loops is only as hearty as its least potent section. 21. One more than one is a congenial group of invited guests, but one more than two is a multitude. 22. Hemoglobin is more viscous than H2O. 23. Perambulate in moccasins, and shoulder a gargantuan wooden rail.
  2. 2. 24. Lack of what is required is the matriarch of inspiration. 25. Allow somnolent quadrupeds to remain reclining. 26. A maximum amount of purposeful activity and a minimum amount of sport and dalliance cause Jack to become a dim-witted, stagnant dunce of the male species. 27. That which is acquired without difficulty is dispersed with equal facility. 28. It is more desirable to exist in the medium of a time period which constitutes a later than desirable date than not to exist in the time period at all. 29. A red fruit of the Maius family absorbed into the digestive system every 1,440 minutes or 86,400 seconds keeps a medical disciple from entering your home sweet home. 30. Individuals performing daily functions surrounded by fused sand structures should be forbidden to hurl missles. 31. Refrain from enumerating your poultry precursory to their incubation and emergence from their embryonic habitat. GOBBLEDYGOOK PROVERBS ANSWER KEY
  3. 3. 1. A rolling stone gathers no moss. 2. Look before you leap. 3. Too many cooks spoil the broth. 4. A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush. 5. All is fair in love and war. 6. The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence. 7. A stitch in time saves nine. 8. Birds of a feather flock together. 9. What goes up must come down. 10. Early to bed and early to rise make a man healthy, wealthy, and wise. 11. Indecision is hell. 12. Haste makes waste. 13. Don’t cry over spilt milk. 14. Sticks and stones can break my bones but words can never hurt me. 15. Money is the root of all evil. 16. Seeing is believing. 17. Beauty is only skin deep. 18. Children should be seen but not heard. 19. If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. 20. A chain is only as strong as its weakest link. 21. Two is company; three is a crowd. 22. Blood is thicker than water. 23. Walk softly but carry a big stick. 24. Necessity is the mother of invention. 25. Let sleeping dogs lie. 26. All work and no play make Jack a dull boy. 27. Easy come; easy go. 28. Better late than never. 29. An apple a day keeps the doctor away.
  4. 4. 30. People who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones. 31. Don’t count your chickens before they hatch.