Posted by ESC on March 12, 2003
In Reply to: Easier said than done posted by sax on March 12, 2003
: How did this phrase originate? Thank
I don't know, but it's old.
EASIER SAID THAN DONE - "More difficult to carry out than contemplate. Sometimes it is 'sooner said than done,' but now wording appears oftener in 'no sooner said than done,' which has quite a different meaning. As 'easier' it was in the language by 1483 in the (book) 'Vulgaria'" 'It is easyer to saye than to do.'" From "The Dictionary of Cliches" by James Rogers (Ballantine Books, New York, 1985).