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    Default as good be an addled egg as an idle bird

    What does this proverb mean?

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    Default Re: as good be an addled egg as an idle bird

    Quick explanation first.

    Addled Egg: - An egg which is no longer good to eat. Spoilt. Rotten.

    Idle Bird: - Referring to the chicken. An idle bird lays no eggs.

    So.....

    The end result is the same. To have a rotten egg, or, to have no eggs.

    I suppose it can be applied to any useless item that you have been given or even people!

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    Default Re: as good be an addled egg as an idle bird

    Thank you, Now I see.

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    Default Re: as good be an addled egg as an idle bird

    1578 LYLY Euphues I.325
    If I had not bene gathered from the tree in the buddle, I should beeing blowne haue proued a blast, and as good it is to bee an addle egge as an idle bird.

    What does this sentence mean?

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