Posted by Bob on August 18, 2003
In Reply to: Help! posted by Lewis on August 18, 2003
: : Hello!
: : I need your help to know wheather this proverb is still used in English and on which occasions!
: : Can it be considered misogynous?
: : "Six hours' sleep for a man, seven for a woman, and eight for a fool"
: : (1864 (J. H. Friswell, Gentle Life 259): "The old English proverb, so often in the mouth of George III, was 'six hours for a man, seven for a woman, and eight for a fool')
: : Thanks,
: : bye!
: From a Marxist perspective this proverb stinks! All should have four hours and be thankful.
: From a capital perspective this proverb is correct. Workers should not laze in bed. Only a fool lays in bed when he could make money.
I've never heard it used. It could easily be interpreted as misogynistic, and is not likely to become popular again.