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Butter

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Soft soap, soft solder (pron. saw-der), “wiping down” with winning words. Punch expressively calls it “the milk of human kindness churned into butter.” (Anglo-Saxon, butere or butyre, Latin, butyrum, Greek, bouty̆ron, i.e. bou-turos, cow-cheese, as distinguished from goat- or ewe-butter.)

Soft words butter no parsnips. Saying “‘Be thou fed,ʹ will not feed a hungry man.” Mere words will not find salt to our porridge, or butter to our parsnips.

“Fine words, says our homely old proverb, butter no parsnips.”—Lowell.

He looks as if butter would not melt in his mouth. He looks like a dolt. He looks quite harmless and expressly made to be played upon. Yet beware, and “touch not a cat but a glove.”


“She smiles and languishes, youʹd think that butter would not melt in her mouth.”—Thackeray: Pendennis, lx.

He knows on which side his bread is buttered. He knows his own interest. Scit uti foro.

He that has good store of butter may lay it thick on his bread. Cui multum est pipĕris, etiam oleribus immiscet.

To butter one’s bread on both sides. To be wastefully extravagant and luxurious.

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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Busy as a Bee
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Butter-tooth (A)
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