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Wackorism for 5/9/2013

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Wackorism:  Give him an inch and he’ll take … 1.60934 kilometers.

Aphorism:  Give him an inch and he’ll take … a mile.

Origin:  This saying first appeared in English in John Heywood’s collection of proverbs, published in 1546.  Mr. Heywood (1497-1580) was a musician and composer who was known for his poems and plays, though none have survived.

Meaning:  Some people will take advantage of the slightest opportunity and go overboard in their endeavor, often to the detriment of others.

Thanks to Bruce Posner, who inspired this week’s Wackorism!

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