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Adage — Lexical Term

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The Lexical Term - Adage

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The Lexical Term:  “Adage”

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The Lexical Term, “Adage” — represents a Grammtical Structure which is any short Phrase —  similar to an Aphorism — which is:  Concise, Memorable, and usually Philosophical (or at-least slightly philosophical).
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Another important part that causes a simply phrase to be known-as an Adage, is that is has been used for many years, and often within different cultures throughout the world.  They are, essentially, very basic phrases which express some Truth which is obvious, well-known, and not usually contested.
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The term “Adage” — is often described as some sort of aphorism…  However, the term, “Aphorism” is often described as being different than an Adage; specifically that it is not as old, or widley used.
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The Difference Between Adage & Aphorism

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The truth is — both of these terms are going to be considered in different ways by different people.  Most people who are not language professionals will cal ALL Lexical PhrasesSayings or “Figures Of Speech”.
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And most people who ARE (supposedly) “Language Professionals” simply refer to ALL of them as Phrases…  (which is like referring to Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo & Violet as nothing more than “Colors”…  It may be true, but it isn’t saying much.)

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Adage Vs Aphorism

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An Adage Is A Commonly Known Phrase That Conveys Some Simple Truth Which Has Been Used For Many Many Years, And Is Generally Not Contested.

“Don’t Count Your Chickens Before They Hatch”
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An Aphorism Is Any Phrase Which Is Used To Convey Some Idea About Life, But Which May Be Contested As It Is Not Universally True.

“A Watched Pot Never Boils”
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Another way to think about this is — An Adage is usually a phrase which can be something that a person “Lives By” — like a personal philosophy, or guiding principle.  Where-as — An Aphorism is used to make some sort of comment regarding a specific situation.
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