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Wackorism for 5/30/2013

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Wackorism:  Good fences make … dogs unhappy!

Dog and Fence

Aphorism:  Good fences make … good neighbors.

Origin:  This homely saying has a longer history than we expected.  The earliest use we could find was the medieval Latin phrase, “Bonum est erigere dumos cum vicinis (“It is good to erect hedges with the neighbors.”).  It has variations in several languages, and the earliest English publication of it that we could find was in George Herbert’s “Outlandish Proverbs” published in 1640.  We believe that one of the best known versions of the saying appeared in Robert Frost’s poem “Mending Wall” (1914).

Meaning:  While you may usually get along great with those around you, it is often a good idea to have boundaries clearly defined.

For more information, see the link below.

http://www.questia.com/library/1G1-106981965/good-fences-make-good-neighbours-history-and-significance

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