Posted by SR on November 15, 2004
In Reply to: Wink wink nudge nudge Acme posted by ACME on November 14, 2004
: : : : : : What does "one swallow doesn't make a summer" mean? "It's an ill wind that blows nobody any good"? And what about "There is a time to wink and a time to see"?
: : : : : 'One swallow...' It is swallow as in the migratory bird. It means that a single instance of something does not indicate major change.
: : : : : 'It's an ill wind...' means that most things, however seemingly damaging, provide an advantage to someone: ie, it would be a TRULY ill (evil) wind that brought no good to anyone.
: : : : : 'Time to wink...' means that there is a time to overlook perceived misdemeanours (wink) and a time to act against them.
: : : : : Or that is my take.
: : : : : DFG
: : : : Thanks
: : : There's a similar one, and maybe Acme can back me up on this: "One swallow doesn't make a relationship" or "...doesn't get you a convertible", or something like that. Sorry, couldn't resist.
: One swallow doesn't get the Mercedes convertible....but a dozen is a sure thing.
Around these parts, the saying is that 'an East wind blows no good,' meaning that the circulation pattern of an approaching weather system is warning of stormy weather on the way.