Wise and Otherwise

October 16, 2014 § Leave a comment

In one of my favorite board games the players hear the first part of a saying from a particular country or culture. They then make up an ending that they think will be convincing. The dealer gathers the responses, includes the real one, and then reads them out. The object is to guess the right ending from among the clever imposters.

For example: There’s an old Welsh saying, “The first to be a thief …”

Or this one: There’s an old Japanese saying, “The road of time … ”

Everyone ponders and writes an ending. The dealer reads them all and everyone votes. (Of course it is a minor triumph if one’s own answer is not the right ending but gets the most votes.)

The real answers to these:

There’s an old Welsh saying, “The first to be a thief … is the first to be king.”

There’s an old Japanese saying, “The road of time … has no gatekeeper.”

I’ll let you try your hand. This is, I believe, a real saying, although I did not take it from the actual game.

If you are so inclined, please put your answer in the comments. I will reveal the real ending next week.

There’s an old Vietnamese saying: “Those who wage war in Vietnam, …”

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