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!