Early Release Date Announced!

This exciting second volume of phrase origins and meanings will be released on October 1, 2016. Be watching Amazon at that time!:




Based on present progress of final analysis and minor changes being made from the proof of my new book, Most Comprehensive Origins of Cliches, Proverbs and Figurative Expressions, Volume II, I now am able to announce the new early release date! That date is August 25, 5 weeks and 2 days ahead of originally planed schedule. This is being expedited due to other books which are coming from other authors which will demand my attention. As soon  as I know the dates, I will announce my interview on local radio and book signing at the local library which will launch sales here.

Here is another of the over 1,000 new entries in this long-awaited sequel:

Expect the best and plan for the worst^

This proverb means that a positive attitude is important in life, but even so, one must always have a ‘back up plan’ in case of an unexpected disaster. It is often attributed to Zig Ziglar, the wonderful motivational speaker who certainly brought this to our attention. The basis of this saying, however, goes all the way back to the late 17th century. Seneca’s Morals Abstracted in Three Parts by Roger L’Estrange published in London in 1679 has this on page 104-105:

“I would hope the Best, but prepare for the Worst.”

Almost 200 years later it was used in The Day of Rest, An Illustrated Journal of Sunday Reading, from the Church of England, August 23, 1873, in a column titled, ‘The Bright Side:’

“But he who looks on the bright side in a religious spirit will prepare for the worst, though he hopes for the best.”

Oregon Teachers Monthly, January, 1906, in ‘Ashland Normal News’ by editor Armilda Daughty said it this way:

Hope for the best, prepare for the worst, and take what comes.”                              


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