Category Archives: Proverbs


Fail Faster

Piece On my robotics team, we follow the saying “fail faster”. Starting from our first meeting, to our last match at champs, our design mentor always tells us to fail faster. By failing faster, we innovate faster. Failing faster encourages us, regardless of subteam, to think outside the box; to think big. When we know… Continue Reading »

Meaning Behind The Proverb “In The Land of The Blind, The One Eyed Man is King.”

Main Piece: Original Text (Latin): “In regione caecorum rex est luscus.” Translation: “In the land of the blind, the one eyed man is king.”  Meaning as told by my informant: “It means that if everything is bad, and one thing is less bad, then it’s automatically the best. It plays on the idea of ‘best’… Continue Reading »

Meaning Behind The Proverb “Hope For The Best, Prepare For The Worst”

Main Piece:  Original Proverb: “Hope for the best, prepare for the worst.”  Meaning as told by my informant:  “It’s honestly pretty self explanatory. It’s good to be an optimist… you should always root for what you want and have faith. However, you can’t be naive about it. You should always have some kind of plan… Continue Reading »

“The bird will listen to what you say during daytime and the mouse will listen to what you say during nighttime” (낮말은 새가 듣고 밤말은 쥐가 듣는다)

Main Piece :  “낮말은 새가 듣고 밤말은 쥐가 듣는다” Original Script : 낮말은 새가 듣고 밤말은 쥐가 듣는다 Phonetic (Roman) Script : Natmalun saegadutgo bammalun jwigadutneunda Transliteration : The bird will listen to what you say during daytime and the mouse will listen to what you say during nighttime Full Translation : There will always… Continue Reading »

“A pearl necklace on a pig’s neck” (돼지 목에 진주목걸이)

Main Piece :  “돼지 목에 진주목걸이” Original Script : 돼지 목에 진주목걸이 Phonetic (Roman) Script : Dwaeji mok-eh jinju mokgul-ee Transliteration : A pearl necklace on a pig’s neck Full Translation : One must live within one’s means Context : My informant is an adult male who was born in the Gangwon Area of Korea,… Continue Reading »