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Do old sayings have meaning in tech age?

Has the new technology — touchscreens, iPads, smart phones, etc. — for the most part eliminated old sayings?

If you ask what I mean by old sayings, you’ve already answered my question. Maybe those old sayings have gone the way of the dodo bird.

Older readers may remember some that I remember hearing in days of yore:

An apple a day keeps the doctor away.

Busy as a bee.

Cool as a cucumber.

It takes one to know one.

Raining cats and dogs.

Back to the drawing board.

Some old sayings were humorous:

Garlic makes a person wink, drink and stink.

A clear conscience is often really only a bad memory.

A bulldog can whip a skunk, but he ends up asking himself if it was really worth it.

A friend in need can be a real pest.

Age is a high price to pay for maturity.

What made me think of old sayings of yesteryear?

The other day I thought of one I hadn’t thought of for years: “He’s got the world by the tail with a downhill pull.” That meant that individual had everything going right for them and the following is what caused me to remember that old saying:

If you can:

Start your day without caffeine.

Be cheerful ignoring any aches and pains.

Resist complaining and boring people with your troubles.

Eat the same food day after day and be grateful.

Understand when your loved ones are too busy to give you any time.

Take criticism and blame without resentment.

Conquer tensions without medical help.

Relax without alcohol.

Sleep without the aid of drugs.

It was then that I remembered the old saying, a person like that would certainly have the world by the tail with a downhill pull.

Do any of you know anyone like that?

A few more is probably as many as any reader would wish to hear:

We are born crying, live complaining and die disappointed.

Gluttony kills more than the sword.

Bachelor’s wives and maid’s children are well taught.

Children are certain cares but uncertain comforts.

Bed is the poor man’s opera.

Brains are better than brawn.

Doubt is the key to knowledge.

Mistakes are doorways to discovery.

And in conclusion the one I like best and hope for today’s readers:

May your troubles be less

May your blessings be more

May nothing but happiness

Come through your door.

Bernie Hughes, Ed.D, is a retired educator who resides in Superior. He can be reached at