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Today's proverb is, "A slice off a cut of loaf isn't missed."

This proverb goes back to the late 16th century.

According to Encyclopedia.com, this means that if something is already damaged, further damage to it may not be noticeable. I suppose that depends what the initial damage looks like versus the new damage. If a car goes from having a scratch to having a bumper torn off, well that's pretty noticeable. Does that mean it's unreasonable for someone to be upset if their car only has a scratch since it could be worse? Some people may view a scratch to be as damaging as a ripped off bumper. The same can be said for bumps and bruises. Also, some people are more sensitive to unkind words than others.

Is this saying that if I already have a cut on my face, someone can put a second there and it won't be a problem? I don't like some of what this proverb suggests.

In my teenage years, this was highly applicable to borrowing alcohol from the parent's liquor cabinet... Don't open a bottle that isn't already open. Yes, I liked partying as a teen.

Ciao,
R~

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