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Hi this is Tutor Nick P and this is Proverbs 143. The proverb today is misery
loves company. Okay. Let's take a look at the note here. The proverb basically means
that people who are unhappy prefer others to be unhappy as well. Okay. It can
also refer to the idea that the company of other people who are miserable makes
one's misery easier to bear. So if you're unhappy and you're miserable and you're
with other people somehow it makes you feel like well you're not alone. So it's
easier to take your misery. So we say misery loves company.
All right now. Let's continue. The origin of this proverb goes all the way back to
Sophocles 'Oepidus at Columbus' around 400 BC . So this has been a long
time. He wrote about this idea. However our
present-day wording did not appear until the 19th century. So, and there was a
number of writers along the way that had the same idea, but they didn't actually
word it as misery loves company. They had another way of saying it, but it was
basically the same idea. Okay. Good. Okay. So like we say there are a number of
other citings that also state the same idea before this time, so ... so it is clear
this may be part of human nature in a way. And you know, even throughout a lot
of cultures they had phrases you know, sayings like this or proverbs like this.
All right. So let's just give a couple of examples here. You know. example number
one has an a/b part. So number one says many people love to go to bars and
complain about their life to other barflies. All right. Barflies is an interesting
noun or noun phrase. That's usually people that often go to bar
and often like to talk about their life. So that's a barfly. So they are like ... like a
fly on the bar that's ...that's there all the time in order to drink away their
problems. Okay, and B says "Well it just goes to show, misery loves company . Okay,
good. And number two here. I think some people
are happy when others fail so they feel that they are not alone and they ... he goes
on to say. I guess it's true misery loves company. Okay, great. I hope you got it . I hope it
was clear. I hope it was informative . Thank you for your time. Bye-bye.
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English Tutor Nick P Proverbs (143) Misery Loves Company

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anitawu12 published on August 8, 2019
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