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    perplexed proverb

    I came across the phrase "snappers-up of unconsidered trifles". What exactly does it mean? Is it a commonly used expression?

    Yuanmingqing

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    Re: perplexed proverb

    Origin: Shakespeare’s ballad seller Autolycus in The Winter’s Tale IV, 2. The saying refers to making use of every single thing and/or every bit of information.

    Here are two modern examples, in context:

    Professional writers are magpies, snappers up of trifles. They keep notebooks, cuttings, jottings, selections from authors new to them.

    Historians, like anthropologists, tend to be particularists, snappers up of what sociologists, political scientists and economists, all grand generalisers, think to be matters too trifling for their consideration.

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    Re: perplexed proverb

    Thanks a lot for you both

    Mr.Soup & yuanmingqing for the ask and for the interpretation

    I appreciate that, coz i was surfing on the net about that.

    thanks a gain.



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    Re: perplexed proverb

    Thank you so much Mr Soup. That was one big mystery unraveled for me!

    Yuanmingqing

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