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The history and role of aphorisms in our culture -- and Benjamin Franklin's influence on American language

Maine Public

This is a rebroadcast of an earlier show (original air date March 30, 2022); no calls will be taken.

Some of the best-known pithy sayings can be attributed to Benjamin Franklin, from "haste makes waste" to "a penny saved is a penny earned." Due to the new PBS Ken Burns documentary on Ben Franklin, we explore the origins and role of aphorisms—common and uncommon—and we ask listeners to share their favorite sayings.

Conor Quinn, linguist; coordinator, Critical and Community Languages, University of Southern Maine
David Haus, associate professor of history, Husson University

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