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fine words butter no parsnips

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In 17th century, found in various forms with the adjective for the words or the food that is buttered being different, thus allowing combinations of "fine/fair/soft words butter no parsnips/cabbage/fish/connie" before becoming standardized in the form "fine words butter no parsnips".

EtymologyEdit

Attested as early as 1639 as "faire words butter nor parsnips" alluding to the English habit of buttering foods to make them more palatable.

ProverbEdit

fine words butter no parsnips

  1. Talking about doing something does not get it done.

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