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A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.

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5/25/2015 2:24:43 AM
Posted: 1 year ago
I never really understood this statement, and am fully aware of the parodies surrounding it. But I believe it finally hit me.

I think what it means is that experiencing things up close and personal is far more valuable that merely observing it from a distance. Hence why a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.

Perhaps I'm wrong... what do you think it means?
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5/25/2015 2:34:27 AM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 5/25/2015 2:24:43 AM, Blade-of-Truth wrote:
I never really understood this statement, and am fully aware of the parodies surrounding it. But I believe it finally hit me.

I think what it means is that experiencing things up close and personal is far more valuable that merely observing it from a distance. Hence why a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.

Perhaps I'm wrong... what do you think it means?
Think of it this way: You have a sack of gold in the hand, and there is another one deep in the lake. You seek to also have the other one, but end up having neither. Thus, the one you had is better than the two you now do not. Be satisfied with what you have rather than asking for a better variant of that.
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5/25/2015 2:39:23 AM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 5/25/2015 2:34:27 AM, Mirza wrote:
At 5/25/2015 2:24:43 AM, Blade-of-Truth wrote:
I never really understood this statement, and am fully aware of the parodies surrounding it. But I believe it finally hit me.

I think what it means is that experiencing things up close and personal is far more valuable that merely observing it from a distance. Hence why a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.

Perhaps I'm wrong... what do you think it means?
Think of it this way: You have a sack of gold in the hand, and there is another one deep in the lake. You seek to also have the other one, but end up having neither. Thus, the one you had is better than the two you now do not. Be satisfied with what you have rather than asking for a better variant of that.

Ohhhhhh... okay, that makes sense.
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5/25/2015 2:40:07 AM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 5/25/2015 2:24:43 AM, Blade-of-Truth wrote:
I never really understood this statement, and am fully aware of the parodies surrounding it. But I believe it finally hit me.

I think what it means is that experiencing things up close and personal is far more valuable that merely observing it from a distance. Hence why a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.

Perhaps I'm wrong... what do you think it means?

Urban dictionary actually gives a very succint explanation:

"This expression means that it is better to have an advantage or opportunity that is certain than having one that is worth more but is not so certain."

http://www.urbandictionary.com...

Mirza also explains it pretty well.

Wiktionary does a decent job too:

Proverb

a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush

It is preferable to have a small but certain advantage than a mere potential of a greater one.

http://en.wiktionary.org...

So it means what Mirza essentially already said. One of a sure thing is better than two of an uncertain thing - and greed can lead to a lack of anything.
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5/25/2015 2:45:01 AM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 5/25/2015 2:40:07 AM, airmax1227 wrote:
At 5/25/2015 2:24:43 AM, Blade-of-Truth wrote:
I never really understood this statement, and am fully aware of the parodies surrounding it. But I believe it finally hit me.

I think what it means is that experiencing things up close and personal is far more valuable that merely observing it from a distance. Hence why a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.

Perhaps I'm wrong... what do you think it means?

Urban dictionary actually gives a very succint explanation:

"This expression means that it is better to have an advantage or opportunity that is certain than having one that is worth more but is not so certain."

http://www.urbandictionary.com...

Mirza also explains it pretty well.

Wiktionary does a decent job too:

Proverb

a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush

It is preferable to have a small but certain advantage than a mere potential of a greater one.

http://en.wiktionary.org...

So it means what Mirza essentially already said. One of a sure thing is better than two of an uncertain thing - and greed can lead to a lack of anything.

... this is what I get for trying to deny the usefulness of a google search, lol. I was really hoping my interpretation was the correct one, but what you and mirza have provided is clearly the more fitting interpretation. At-least I now know what it actually means :)
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5/25/2015 2:48:38 AM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 5/25/2015 2:39:23 AM, Blade-of-Truth wrote:
Ohhhhhh... okay, that makes sense.
But that doesn't mean one should be perfectly satisfied with a high school diploma.
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5/25/2015 2:54:26 AM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 5/25/2015 2:45:01 AM, Blade-of-Truth wrote:
At 5/25/2015 2:40:07 AM, airmax1227 wrote:
At 5/25/2015 2:24:43 AM, Blade-of-Truth wrote:
I never really understood this statement, and am fully aware of the parodies surrounding it. But I believe it finally hit me.

I think what it means is that experiencing things up close and personal is far more valuable that merely observing it from a distance. Hence why a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.

Perhaps I'm wrong... what do you think it means?

Urban dictionary actually gives a very succint explanation:

"This expression means that it is better to have an advantage or opportunity that is certain than having one that is worth more but is not so certain."

http://www.urbandictionary.com...

Mirza also explains it pretty well.

Wiktionary does a decent job too:

Proverb

a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush

It is preferable to have a small but certain advantage than a mere potential of a greater one.

http://en.wiktionary.org...

So it means what Mirza essentially already said. One of a sure thing is better than two of an uncertain thing - and greed can lead to a lack of anything.

... this is what I get for trying to deny the usefulness of a google search, lol.

haha well I wasn't implying that you should just google search it. I don't think there's anything wrong with using this sites forums instead. I just like to answer these types of questions by actually sourcing them.

I was really hoping my interpretation was the correct one, but what you and mirza have provided is clearly the more fitting interpretation. At-least I now know what it actually means :)

I think your interpretation was interesting, but it is really about contentment versus greed. Don't be discouraged from making future threads about expressions though, some are rather obscure.
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5/25/2015 2:56:52 AM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 5/25/2015 2:48:38 AM, Mirza wrote:
At 5/25/2015 2:39:23 AM, Blade-of-Truth wrote:
Ohhhhhh... okay, that makes sense.
But that doesn't mean one should be perfectly satisfied with a high school diploma.

In the context of the expression, this would imply that one could potentially lose their high school diploma, to gain a college degree.
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5/25/2015 2:56:59 AM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 5/25/2015 2:48:38 AM, Mirza wrote:
At 5/25/2015 2:39:23 AM, Blade-of-Truth wrote:
Ohhhhhh... okay, that makes sense.
But that doesn't mean one should be perfectly satisfied with a high school diploma.

Of course. If one has the mind for higher pursuits, they should surely take up the opportunity to do so.
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5/25/2015 3:01:58 AM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 5/25/2015 2:56:52 AM, airmax1227 wrote:
In the context of the expression, this would imply that one could potentially lose their high school diploma, to gain a college degree.
Indeed, would be a sad world.
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5/25/2015 3:02:27 AM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 5/25/2015 2:54:26 AM, airmax1227 wrote:
At 5/25/2015 2:45:01 AM, Blade-of-Truth wrote:
At 5/25/2015 2:40:07 AM, airmax1227 wrote:
At 5/25/2015 2:24:43 AM, Blade-of-Truth wrote:
I never really understood this statement, and am fully aware of the parodies surrounding it. But I believe it finally hit me.

I think what it means is that experiencing things up close and personal is far more valuable that merely observing it from a distance. Hence why a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.

Perhaps I'm wrong... what do you think it means?

Urban dictionary actually gives a very succint explanation:

"This expression means that it is better to have an advantage or opportunity that is certain than having one that is worth more but is not so certain."

http://www.urbandictionary.com...

Mirza also explains it pretty well.

Wiktionary does a decent job too:

Proverb

a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush

It is preferable to have a small but certain advantage than a mere potential of a greater one.

http://en.wiktionary.org...

So it means what Mirza essentially already said. One of a sure thing is better than two of an uncertain thing - and greed can lead to a lack of anything.

... this is what I get for trying to deny the usefulness of a google search, lol.

haha well I wasn't implying that you should just google search it. I don't think there's anything wrong with using this sites forums instead. I just like to answer these types of questions by actually sourcing them.

Lol, alright, then I shall forgo google searches and now rely on DDO :) I do appreciate your sourcing! It makes your answers much more valuable.

I was really hoping my interpretation was the correct one, but what you and mirza have provided is clearly the more fitting interpretation. At-least I now know what it actually means :)

I think your interpretation was interesting, but it is really about contentment versus greed. Don't be discouraged from making future threads about expressions though, some are rather obscure.

Yeah my interpretation literally just came to me. It kinda works haha, but yeah - the general interpretation that you shared is much better and clearly the intended one. This was fun, lol, and I will def make more in the future!
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5/25/2015 3:02:35 AM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 5/25/2015 2:56:47 AM, Mirza wrote:
I came up with one: What is a one-man game that two people can play?
We could use a riddle thread to make this more relevant.