Posted by Woodchuck on December 26, 2002
In Reply to: More "If..." posted by ESC on December 26, 2002
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: : : : Greetings -
: : : : Would be very grateful to hear if anyone possibly
: : : : knows where a collection of the "If" phrases
: : : : as in "If wishes were horses then beggars would
: : : : ride" .. etc "If **** was *** then *** would/wouldn't
: : : : etc.
: : : : Many thanks in advance,
: : : Don't know a website, but here's one appropriate to the season: "If if's and but's were candy and nuts, we'd all have a Merry Christmas." I always liked the rhythm of that.
: : "If frogs had wings, they wouldn't bump their ***** when they
: : ( www.kool107.com/ GREGBIO.htm
: : If frogs had wings, and snakes had hair,
: : And automobiles flew through the air,
: : If a watermelon grew on a huckleberry vine,
: : Then we'd have winter in the summertime.
: If a hog had wings he'd be an eagle.
: If a pig had wings, he'd be a chicken hawk.
: From This Dog'll Really Hunt: An Entertaining Texas Dictionary by Wallace O. Chariton (Wordware Publishing, Piano, Texas, 1989, 1990)
The full Scottish proverb:
"If wishes were horses, beggars would ride
If turnips were swords, i'd wear one by my side
If ifs and ands were pots and pans,
there'd be no need for tinkers' hands"
If wishes were horses,
Beggars would ride;
If wishes were fishes,
We'd all have some fried.
(or alternately, "We'd all cast our lines")