Yankee Only Yankees and fools predict the weather. Rec. dist.: Miss.
yard A yard is an index to the interior of the house. Rec. dist.: N.C.
yarn Tend to your own little ball of yarn. Rec. dist.: Ill.
rear 1. A bad year is kinder than the poor man's neighbor. Rec. dist.: N.C.
2. A cherry year, a merry year; a plum year, a dumb year. Rec. dist.: Wash.1st cit.: 1644 Poor Robin's Almanac in Lean, Collectanea. 20c. coll.: ODEP117, CODP35, Stevenson 331:11.
3. A snow year, a rich year. Rec. dist.: N.Y., Vt.1st cit.: 1580 Monardes, Joyful News Out of the New Found World, tr. Frampton. 20c. coll.: ODEP748, Stevenson 2151:9.
4. After a wet year, a cold one. Rec. dist.: Utah.
5. It will be all the same in a hundred years. Var.: It will be all the same a hundred years hence. Rec. dist.: Calif., Kans., N.Mex., Ont. 1st cit.: 1611 Cotgrave, Dictionary of French and English Tongues; US1775 Schaw, Journal of Lady of Quality, 1774-1776, ed. Andrews ( 1934). 20c. coll.: ODEP10, Whiting504, Stevenson 2658:2, T&W416, Whiting( MP) 707.
6. Men's years and their faults are always more than they are willing to own. Rec. dist.: Ont.1st cit.: 1707 Mapletoft, Select Proverbs. 20c. coll.: ODEP525, Stevenson 773:5.
7. Not by years but by disposition is wisdom acquired. Rec. dist.: N.Y.
8. Our years roll on. Rec. dist.: Mich. 1st cit.: ca 1845 Barham, Eheu Fugaces. 20c. coll.: Stevenson 2323:2.
9. The fewer the years, the fewer the tears. Rec. dist.: Ill., N.Y.1st cit.: 1732 Fuller, Gnomologia. 20c. coll.: Stevenson 2287:3.
10. The first hundred years are the hardest. Var.: The first one hundred years are the hardest. Rec. dist.: U.S., Can.1st cit.:US 1928 Thomas, Raiders. 20c. coll.: Whiting( MP) 707.
11. The years teach much that the days never knew. Var.: The years teach much which the days never knew. Rec. dist.: Minn., N.Y., Wash.1st cit.:US 1844 Emerson, "Experience" in Essays. 20c. coll.: Stevenson 2658:13.
12. We do not count a man's years until he has nothing else to count. Rec. dist.: N.Y., Utah.
13. Years know more than books. Var.: Years teach more than books. Rec. dist.: Miss., N.Y., Wis.1st cit.:1640 Herbert, Outlandish Proverbs (Jacula Prudentum) in Works, ed. Hutchinson ( 1941). 20c. coll.: ODEP925, Stevenson 2658:15.
SEE ALSO After a hundred years we shall all be BALD. / CHRISTMAS comes but once a year. / A DAY to come seems longer than a year that is gone. / It will all be the same after you are DEAD a hundred years. / We live in DEEDS, not years. / A three years' DROUGHT will not starve a cook. / With the old year leave your FAULTS, however dear. / It takes years to make a FRIEND but minutes to lose one. / Say no ILL of the year till it be past. / The bottom RAIL gets on top every fifty years. / Keep a THING seven years and it's bound to come in handy. / WINTER comes but once a year, and when it comes, it brings the doctor good cheer.
yearningSEE There are three INGREDIENTS in the good life, learning, earning, and yearning.
yell Don't yell before you're out of the woods. Rec. dist.: Ont.Infm.: Cf. holler.
yes Two yeses make a positive. Rec. dist.: Kans.
SEE ALSO When a LADY says no, she means perhaps; when she says perhaps, she means yes; when she says yes, she is no lady.
yesterday 1. No man can call again yesterday. Rec. dist.: Ill., N.Y., Ont.1st cit.: 1516 Skelton, Magnyfycence. 20c. coll.: ODEP926, Stevenson 2660:6.
2. Yesterday is gone, forget it; tomorrow isn't here, don't worry about it; today is here, use it. Rec. dist.: Ind., Minn.