Posted by ESC on April 04, 2002
In Reply to: Clock... posted by R. Berg on April 04, 2002
: : I heard an
interesting phrase yesterday.
: : "Even a broken clock is right twice a day"
: : No origin needed. But under what circumstance would you use this phrase.
: : Is it wit or profound?
: : Thanks
: It's been around a long time. You
use it when a poor thinker--or someone who always harps on the same message--happens
to have spoken the truth this time because of sheer luck or because circumstances
have changed. Or you use it to dismiss someone you don't like; = "Just because
he's right this once doesn't mean he knows how to reason."
: Wit vs. profound? Hard to say--and how much of a difference is there anyway? I suppose it was witty the first time it was said.
Even a blind hog finds an acorn ever once in a while.