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Soft Words Butter no Parsnips

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or “Fair words,” etc. Saying “Be thou fed” will not feed a hungry man. “Good words will not fill a sack.” To “butter parsnips” means also “dorer la pilule” (“soft words will not gild the pill of distress”).

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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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Sock [comedy]
Sock a Corpse (To)
Socrates
Sodom
Soffarides
Soft
Soft Sawder
Soft Soap
Soft as Soap
Soft Fire makes Sweet Malt (A)
Soft Words Butter no Parsnips
Softly
Softy
Soho!
Soi-disant (French)
Soil
Soil the Milk before Using It
Sojourn
Sol (Latin)
Sol-fa
Solan Goose